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911 State Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Department of Commerce (DoC)


    In 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded more than $40 million in grants for the implementation and operation of enhanced 911 services and for migration to an IP-enabled emergency network.  The NG911 Advancement Act of 2012 (Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012) enacted changes to the program. The NG911 Advancement Act provides new funding for grants to be used for the implementation and operation of 911 services, E-911 services, migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and adoption and operation of NG911 services and applications.  

    In FY 2018, 911 grant funds are to be used for the implementation of IP-enabled emergency services and applications enabled by NG911 services, including the establishment of IP backbone networks and the application layer software infrastructure needed to interconnect the multitude of emergency response organizations.  This includes: 
    • Purchasing hardware and software that perform the necessary functions enabling NG911 calls to be received, processed and dispatched.  All of such costs must comply with current NG911 standards, listed in the Department of Homeland Security's SAFECOM Guidance at:
    • Contracting with vendors that own the hardware and software, and provide NG911 enabling functions as a service to 911 entities
    • Training directly related to 911 services for public safety personnel, including call-takers, first responders, and other individuals and organizations that are part of the emergency response chain in 911 services. 
    NOTE: Applicants may only use grant funds to assist in the implementation of an NG911 system. However, as the implementation of NG911 occurs, some entities may be required to operate parallel NG911 and legacy 911 systems while the transition is being completed. While surcharges collected by State and local governments already pay for the operation of a current legacy system, grant funds can be used only to cover the cost of operating the NG911 system until such time as the current legacy system is shut down and the system is fully operational using only NG911 technology.

    History of Funding

    For additional information on the 2009 program, see the E911 Grant Program Final Report at:

    Additional Information

    Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up for email updates at:


    Laurie Flaherty

    Laurie Flaherty
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    Washington, DC 20590
    (202) 366-2705

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  States/territories will apply for grant funds on behalf of all eligible entities located within their borders.  Funding must then be made available to local municipalities through sub-grants.

    Deadline Details

    ‹NHTSA and NTIA are currently developing final regulations and program requirements on these funds.  A new round of state-level grant applications is anticipated to be announced in Spring 2018.  

    Award Details

    Up to $110,000,000 is anticipated to be available in 2017.  Each state will be eligible for at least $500,000 each.  Each territory will be eligible for at least $250,000 each. Additional funding will be distributed based on a formula of population and public road mileage in each state. Cost sharing/matching of 40% is required.  

    State allocations from an earlier version of this program area available to view on page 26977 of the 2009 program guidance at:  Similar award levels are anticipated in the FY 2018 program.


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