NTIA Closes SLIGP 1.0 Grant Program Focused on FirstNet Opt-In Decisions
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) marked the end of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), saying the grant program helped lay the groundwork for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) success.

In 2013, NTIA awarded $116.5 million in grants to 54 U.S. states and territories under the SLIGP. The funding helped prepare recipients for consultation with FirstNet and conduct stakeholder outreach to better understand the needs of public-safety stakeholders. As of the closeout period’s conclusion, SLIGP recipients reported expenditures of $74.7 million in federal funds and $21.4 million in matching funds to total $96.1 million.

Twenty- two recipients voluntarily deobligated a total of $18.4 million from their SLIGP grants in 2017. The deobligated funds formed the basis for a follow-on round of grants —SLIGP 2.0 — to support states and territories as FirstNet and its partner begin implementing the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

After the grant closeout period concluded May 29, 2018, NTIA reviewed closeout reports and deobligated an additional $23.4 million in unexpended funds. NTIA reobligated all deobligated funds — totaling $41.8 million — to SLIGP 2.0. In May, NTIA made 46 grant awards under a second round of funding called SLIGP 2.0.

These funds will support continued planning for FirstNet as it is implemented across the nation, with activities including the development of data-sharing agreements, helping with the transition of public-safety applications to the NPSBN, analyzing coverage gaps and convening stakeholder meetings.

In less than five years, SLIGP grant recipients engaged more than 350,000 stakeholders, facilitated more than 2,700 governance and planning meetings, and distributed more than 6 million resources, including guides, pamphlets, briefing sheets and e-newsletters.

“NTIA provided grant funding from 2013 to early 2018 that states, territories and the District of Columbia found useful for their FirstNet planning efforts across all levels of government and public safety disciplines,” an NTIA report said. “SLIGP-funded planning efforts provided governors with the information and planning necessary to make decisions about who should deploy the radio access network and contributed to the success of the NPSBN.”

Every state and territory ultimately decided to opt in to FirstNet. The NTIA closeout report on SLIGP 1.0 is here.

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