Homeland Security and Emergency Services

2016 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula-Based Grant

2016 Statewide Interoperable Communications Formula-Based Grant

(2016 SICG-Formula)

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, is pleased to announce the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program where funding is distributed by formula. New grant program will continue to aid county public safety organizations in enhancing emergency response and improving capability and performance results from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), improvements in governance structures, operating procedures, infrastructure development, and addressing SAFECOM guidance from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC).

Purpose:  The SICG-Formula Program will focus on further minimizing gaps in interoperable communications by aligning technology acquisitions with operational use by first responders, which provides the foundation necessary to accomplish a high level of interoperability. The new grant program will concentrate on improving interoperability and operability of communication systems in New York State.

Eligible Applicants:   County governments, requesting funding for the benefit of the county as a single entity. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the 2016 SICG-Formula Request for Applications.

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

Total Funding Available for 2016 SICG-Formula:    $45 Million

Schedule of Events:

  • Submission of Written Questions                 December 8, 2016
  • Request for Applications Updates (if any)   November 18, 2016
  • Applications Due                                            December 8, 2016 by 5:00 P.M.


  • 2016 SICG Request for Application: - doc pdf

Contact Information:

Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (Formula-Based)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG)?

    A: All Counties within New Yok State and NYC are eligible to apply

  2. Q: Can multiple counties apply together jointly or with one county as lead applicant and other counties as co-applicants?

    A: Counties must apply as a single entity. While a county’s application can benefit other counties, only one applicant is allowed per application.

  3. Q: Can a consortium apply for the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant?

    A: No. Only New York State County Governments including NYC are eligible.

  4. Q: Can a town, village, city, state authority, or agency; tribal nation; or other entities apply for the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant?

    A: No. Only New York State county governments are eligible. Counties must apply as a single entity. While a county’s application can include projects which benefit cities/towns/villages within their county, only a single application per county will be considered. Distribution of funds to these entities should be defined in the application, where appropriate.

  5. Q: Is the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant formula based or competitive?

    A: The Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant is a formula based grant.

  6. Q: Who must I designate as my County Interoperability Coordinator?

    A: Your County Interoperability Coordinator, which is designated / selected by a County, will serve as the single point of contact to oversee county’s interoperability efforts, coordinate interoperability and communication projects. This person should be familiar with county interoperable communication at all levels. If not already in place, this person must be identified within 120 days of potential notice of award.
  7. Failure to comply with any and all requirements in this section may result in the immediate suspension and/or revocation of the grant award.
  8. Q: If a county and a state agency or an authority has a partnership, does that constitute a consortium?

    A: No. A consortium must include two or more counties. A state agency is not considered a county for purposes of a consortium. However, applications which include agreements with state agencies on issues of interoperability, and benefit state agencies within the county’s jurisdiction, are encouraged.

  9. Q: Are matching funds required in order to receive an award?

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

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

    A: There is no minimum or maximum amount of the award. $45 million allocated for this year grant program will be distributed by formula among all applicants meeting the qualification criteria listed in the RFA.

  11. 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 interoperable communications projects currently underway within the county, provided the request is for allowable expenditures.
  12. Q: Can the grant be used to pay for staff salaries?

    A: Only up to 20% annually of a person performing duties of County Interoperability Coordinator. 20% is a maximum reimbursement utilizing any and all SICG awards.

  13. Q: Does the recipient county have to share its awarded funds with other counties in the consortium?

    A: No. It is hoped that while the consortium as a whole will benefit from any award, individual awards will be disbursed to successful counties.

  14. Q: Our County has existing MOUs with other counties/local agencies/State Agencies. Do we now have to develop SOPs?

    A: No. MOUs, Letters of Understanding, or SOPs are all acceptable documents, provided they address interoperable communications procedures that are still in place within your county. A document that is still relevant can be used to show support for this response in the RFA; no matter the date of agreement.

  15. Q: Are consultant fees eligible?

    A: Yes. Consultant fees for services provided which are consistent with the components of the grant are allowed.

  16. Q: Is purchase of subscriber equipment eligible?

    A: Yes, provided the equipment meets requirement stated in the grant RFA.

  17. Q: Are broadband related projects eligible for funding?

    A: No. Public safety broadband is not an eligible expense in this program. Consideration will be given in future rounds of the grant, pending further guidance from the federal government (e.g. NTIA and FirstNet) and technical standards for the proposed nationwide system.

  18. Q: Which data systems are eligible for funding?

    A: Land mobile radio (LMR) based systems that support voice or voice and data are eligible.

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

    A: All substantive questions must be submitted in writing to Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov