SAFECOM Offers Grant Guidance for DHS Opportunities
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Comments

The SAFECOM program released its annual guidance on 2017 grants. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month released $1.6 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017 notices of funding opportunities for 10 grant programs.

Applications are due June 22.

Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to read the “SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants” before submitting emergency communications proposals for funding.

The DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) partnered with SAFECOM and National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) to develop a Project 25 (P25) frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to accompany the guidance.

The SAFECOM guidance recognizes the need to sustain current LMR systems,” said Ron Hewitt, DHS OEC director, in a blog. “Grantees should continue developing plans and standard operating procedures, conducting training and exercises, and investing in standards-based equipment to sustain LMR capabilities, while concurrently planning for the deployment of new technologies. Grantees should also consider cybersecurity risks across all capabilities when planning operable, interoperable and continuity of communications.”

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