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 grantee?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
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 location, 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
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 formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Based on project need
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact and Resource Information Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) CSID is a non-emergency comprehensive management and information resource developed by DHS/FEMA for grants stakeholders. CSID provides general information on all DHS/FEMA grant programs and maintains a comprehensive database containing key personnel contact information at the Federal, state, and local levels. When necessary, recipients will be directed to a Federal point of contact who can answer specific programmatic questions or concerns. CSID can be reached by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by e-mail at, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
400 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20523 US
Phone: 18003686498
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; - 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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