Second Round of SLIGP 2.0 Grants Likely in the Fall
Friday, March 09, 2018 | Comments

A second round of State Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 grants is likely in the fall, a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) official said.

NTIA awarded $43 million to 12 organizations in early March and will continue rolling out more grant awards throughout March, SLIGP Program Director Mike Dame said at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) this past week.

The money for this second round of grants came from leftover funds from the first SLIGP grants which were awarded back in 2013. Those grants expired in February and many had leftover funds, allowing for a second round of grants.

The NTIA will likely be receiving more funds back from the earlier grants sometime this summer, providing funding for a second round of SLIGP 2.0 grants, Dame said. The notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for that round of grants will likely come out sometime near the end of this year.

As much as $20 million could be available in the second increment of SLIGP 2.0 grants, Dame said.

The initial round of SLIGP grants allowed agencies to consult with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and perform outreach with public-safety stakeholders.

The SLIGP 2.0 grants will allow for a wider range of activities related to planning and preparing for FirstNet. Some potential uses Dame highlighted included identifying potential users for the network, identifying applications that an agency would like to see adapted or transferred onto the FirstNet network, developing data sharing agreements, analyzing coverage gaps and more.

Find more information on SLIGP here.

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