Monday, July 8, 2013

Free Money: SLIGP grants are coming!

The State and Local Implementation Grant Program is facing a July 15th deadline to award the $121.5 million promised in grant money set aside for all 56 states and territories to implement the First Responder Network Authority's nationwide Public Safety Broaband network (NPSBN). 

Each state will be notified in writing with a Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification of their award amount and the requirements the grant money carries, as well as any Special Award Conditions.  Each state is required to designate a "coordinator of implementation of grant funds," who must, by law, involve local governments in the build-out of the NPSBN. 

SLIGP funding will be issued in two separate phases:  the first to establish a governance structure with a single point of contact for FirstNet, and the second phase will focus on gathering information to enable the state to effective collaborate with FirstNet.  The funding is also intended to help states develop procedures to ensure local and tribal representation, conduct education and outreach for stakeholders, identify potential public safety users, develop a standard memorandum of agreement for the sharing of infrastructure, and prepare a comprehensive plan as part of the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP), to describe the public safety needs for FirstNet to address. 

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