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Public Safety Answering Points Grant 2013-14

2013-14 Public Safety Answering Points Grant

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Service, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, is pleased to announce Public Safety Answering Points Grant to facilitate consolidation, development, and improved operations of public safety answering points.

Purpose:  To facilitate the development, consolidation, and improved operations of public safety answering points.

Eligible Applicants:   County governments, requesting funding for the benefit of the county as a single entity. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the Request for Applications Instructions (2013-14 PSAP Consolidation RFA Instructions and 2013-14 PSAP Sustainment RFA Instructions).

Source of Funds: This grant program is supported by the Statewide Public Safety Communications Account.

  • Total Funding Available for PSAP Grant: $9 Million
    Comprising:
    • $7 million for PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements
    • $2 million PSAP Sustainment
  • Counties can apply FOR ONE or BOTH GRANT PROGRAMS

Schedule of Events:

  • Release of 2013-14 PSAP Grant - February 6. 2014
  • Submission of Written Questions - February 24, 2014
  • RFA Updates (if any) - March 5, 2014
  • Applications Due - April 24, 2014 by 5:00 P.M.

Documents:

I. PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements Grant ($7 million)

Required Attachment:

II. PSAP Sustainment Grant ($2 million)

Required Attachment:

Additional Documents:

Contact Information:

  • Robert Barbato
    Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications
    NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
    1220 Washington Avenue, Building 7A, Suite 710
    Albany, NY 12242
    E-mail: dhsesoiec@dhses.ny.gov

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Who is eligible to apply for the 2013-14 PSAP Grant?

    A: Any county government in New York State.

  2. Q: Can a consortium apply for the 2013-14 PSAP Grant?

    A: No. Only New York State county governments are eligible.

  3. Q: What if the consolidation results in a primary PSAP for my County located outside my jurisdiction/county?

    A: Regional initiatives between PSAPs are encouraged. Any eligible county with a primary PSAP may act as a "host applicant". All jurisdictions and/or counties participating in the regional initiative must be identified in the grant application.

  4. Q: Can a town, village, city, state authority, or agency; tribal nation; or other entities apply for the 2013-14 PSAP Grant?

    A: No. Only New York State county governments are eligible.

  5. Q: Is the 2013-14 PSAP Grant formula based or competitive?

    A: There are two parts for 2013-14 PSAP Grant Program:

    • PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancement is a competitive grant.
    • PSAP Sustainment is a formula based grant.

  6. Q: Are matching funds required by my County?

    A: No. Matching funds are not required for this grant program.

  7. Q: What are the eligible categories for which my County can apply?

    A: Counties can apply for either the $7 Million PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements Grant or/and the $2 Million PSAP Sustainment Grant. Specific details for each category can be found in the RFA.

  8. Q: Can my County apply for both categories?

    A: Yes. Counties can apply for both categories: the $7 Million PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements Grant and the $2 Million PSAP Sustainment Grant. Specific details for each category can be found in the RFA.

  9. Q: What if my PSAP could fit into both categories?

    A: A County can apply for one or both categories. Submit the application that best fits your needs and you believe will give you the best opportunity for a successful outcome.

  10. Q: Is there a minimum and maximum dollar amount per award?

    A: For the $7 Million PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements Grant, awards will be limited to $500,000 million dollars per successful application. For the $2 Million PSAP Sustainment Grant, awards will be limited to $100,000 million dollars per successful application. There is no minimum single award amount. OIEC reserves the right to adjust these award amounts.

  11. Q: Can a county apply to be reimbursed for a completed project?

    A: Yes. Under the PSAP Consolidation, Improvements and Enhancements Grant, reimbursement to Counties for prospective or retrospective costs (going back to April 1, 2010) leading to consolidation in public safety answering points operations (physical or virtual consolidation), to implement new technologies in PSAP(s) that facilitate interoperability and create operating efficiencies, and to promote the development and implementation of cross-jurisdictional SOPs that foster regional consolidation are allowable.

  12. Q: Can the grant pay for projects currently in progress by paying for current and future project phase expenses?

    A: Yes. Applications can include requests to fund future phases of PSAP consolidation projects currently underway within the county, provided the request is for allowable expenditures, in the performance period of the grant.

  13. Q: Can the grant be used to pay for staff salaries?

    A: No. This is not an eligible expense under the grant guidelines.

  14. Q: Can I use this grant to replace budgeted funds for my PSAP?

    A: No. Grant funds may be used only to reimburse a portion of local governments' budgets that pertain to PSAPs. It is not intended to replace any county budgeted funds.

  15. Q: What if I do not know the answer to a question on the application?

    A: All questions must be answered. If you do not feel the question is applicable, please indicate that in your response. Failure to answer a question might result in disqualification of the application. DHSES strongly recommends the application to be reviewed with consultation of all relevant personnel.

  16. Q: Can OIEC provide me with technical assistance in the preparation of my grant application?

    A: Technical assistance provided to the applications is limited to how to prepare the application: such as obtaining forms, formatting the application and where to send the application. Technical assistance from OIEC cannot relate to the substance/content of the application.

  17. Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about the grant?

    A: All questions must be submitted in writing to dhsesoiec@dhses.ny.gov Questions can also be mailed to:

    Grant Administrator
    Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications
    NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
    1220 Washington Avenue, Building 7A, Suite 710
    Albany, NY 12242

Robert M. Barbato

Director

 

About the Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications

Created through Executive Law section 717, the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC) is the principal state agency for all interoperable and emergency communications issues and oversees and directs the development, coordination and implementation of policies, plans, standards, programs and services related to interoperable and emergency communications, including those related to land mobile radio communications.