NTIA Awards $43M in SLIGP 2.0 Grants
Thursday, March 01, 2018 | Comments

The first award recipients of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 will receive as much as $43.4 million to help prepare for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Twelve different entities received funding, with the Pennsylvania State Police topping the list with a $425,000 grant, followed by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency receiving $407,102. The other awards were all between $200,000 and $250,000.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) established the grant program to assist states and territories with planning for FirstNet. Under the original program, NTIA awarded $116.5 million in grants to 54 U.S. states and territories between July 2013 and June 2014. The funding was used to consult with FirstNet and perform outreach to public-safety stakeholders. The original grants expired Feb. 28, and many recipients spent less than expected, leaving leftover funds.

NTIA is reallocating these funds in a second round of grants, SLIGP 2.0, which will allow for a broader range of planning activities, such as assisting state, local and tribal governments in developing data-sharing agreements, helping with the transition of public-safety applications to the NPSBN, analyzing coverage gaps and convening stakeholder meetings at FirstNet’s request.

Grants to additional state and territorial governments will be awarded on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. NTIA is using an incremental funding mechanism for SLIGP 2.0, with the first increment providing funding for an initial nine months, and a second increment providing funding for the next 15 months.

The SLIGP 2.0 grant amounts reflect the first increment funding; additional funds will be awarded based on availability. The SLIGP 2.0 grant awards will enable public-safety entities and personnel across the nation to continue working with FirstNet as it implements the NPSBN.

The full list of grant recipients is here.

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