FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 03, 2020


Grant Funding Opportunity for Missouri 911 Centers for Next Generation 911 Equipment Upgrades

Application Deadline is Now April 30, 2020 for Grants Available to Missouri Public Safety Answering Points

THIS NEWS RELEASE WAS UPDATED ON MARCH 19, 2020 TO REFLECT THAT THE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM MARCH 31 TO APRIL 30, 2020.

Missouri 911 call centers now have until April 30, 2020 to complete applications for a competitive federal grant program that would pay for approved equipment upgrades at their facilities. The grants require a local match. The original March 30 application deadline has been extended because of delays that may be caused by staffing requirements to respond to the coronavirus.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security is seeking applications for the 2019 Fiscal Year 911 Grant Program from Missouri Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and non-traditional PSAPs. The grants will provide funding for costs associated with the purchase of hardware, software and hosted services associated with enabling Next Generation (NG) 911 calls to be received, processed and dispatched. All projects must be within the NG911 strategy as defined in RSMo 650.330.

Total available federal funding for these grants for the performance period of April 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021 is $2,445,504. Projects must have a minimum total cost of $10,000 to be considered. Funding comes from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s 911 Grant Program.

By statute the federal share of any activity carried out under this grant program may not exceed 60 percent of eligible costs. Grant recipients must provide 40 percent of the total eligible project costs in matching funds. Funds from other federal sources may not be used as matching funds. 911 fee funds may be used as matching funds.  

Examples of allowable hardware and software include: NG911 compliant voice recorders, now or updated Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems, updated computer hardware and broadband data infrastructure, emergency medical dispatch systems, subscription-based access to hosted NG911 services, including but not limited to, Emergency Services Internet Protocol Networks(s) (ESInet).

Applications for this grant program will only be accepted through the MO DPS WebGrants system, the department’s only electronic portal. Applicants may get additional information and apply at https:dpsgrants.dps.mo.gov



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For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'connell@dps.mo.gov