Interoperable Emergency Communications


To provide governance, planning, training and exercise funding to States, territories, and local and tribal governments to carry out initiatives to improve interoperable emergency communications, including communications in collective response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. All activities proposed under the program must be integral to interoperable emergency communications and must be aligned with the goals, objectives, and/or initiatives identified in the granteeā€™s approved Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). The Program provides the flexibility to purchase interoperable communications equipment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53)., Public Law 110-53.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicant Eligibility - All 56 states and territories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility: States, territories, and local and tribal governments.
Prior to, or along with, an application for assistance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance document. Refer to program guidance document. Quarterly progress reports. Refer to program guidance document. Quarterly Federal Financial Reports (FFR), Semi-Annual Assistance Progress Report (SAPR), and Biannual Strategy Implementation Reports (BSIR). Refer to program guidance.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Grant awards will require a 25 percent nonfederal cost share on all equipment purchases. The source of the match funds must be identified in the grant application. The match does not need to be a cash match. In-kind contributions are permitted and must be activities in direct support of and eligible under the project. The nonfederal share may not be funded by other federal funds unless permitted by Federal statute.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Based on project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 500 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20523 Phone: (202) 646-2500 Fax: (202) 646-3061
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Program was last funded in FY2010. This program will remain open due to open awards.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance document.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Refer to program guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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