Homeland Security and Emergency Services

2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant

(2018 SICG-Targeted)

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, is pleased to announce the Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant program. Funding for the 2018 SICG-Targeted Program is distributed by an analysis of data related to the implementation of National Interoperability Channels in New York. The SICG-Targeted Program focuses on closing gaps in National Interoperability channels implementation and enhancing regional alliance, ensuring that county communication systems are capable to support multijurisdictional response. The SICG-Targeted Program provides a way forward for providing a safer environment for public safety personnel, integration with other emergent technologies, and the ability to establish technology and performance standards.

Purpose: The overall objective of the SICG-Targeted Program is to improve infrastructure related to National Interoperability channels, which is a core tenet and feature of interoperability.

Eligible Applicants: County governments, requesting funding for the benefit of the county as a single entity. Additional eligibility criteria are listed in the 2018 SICG-Targeted Request for Applications.

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

Total Funding Available for 2018 SICG-Targeted: $65 Million

Schedule of Events:

  • Submission of Written Questions                 August 17, 2018
  • Request for Applications Updates (if any)   August 24, 2018
  • Applications Due                                          August 31, 2018 by 5:00 P.M.

Documents:

  • 2018 SICG-Targeted Request for Application: - doc pdf

Contact Information:

Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

    A: Any county government in New York State and New York City (NYC) as a single entity.

  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: What is the distribution of funding for the Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant?

    A: Funding for the 2018 SICG-Targeted Program is distributed by gap analysis of data related to the implementation of National Interoperability Channels in New York, data provided by counties in the 2017 SICG-Formula grant applications, and this RFA.

  6. 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, agreements with state agencies on issues of interoperability, and benefit state agencies within the county’s jurisdiction, are encouraged.


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

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

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

    A: There is no minimum amount of the award, the maximum available award is $6 million. For the 2018 SICG Targeted Program, a total of $65 million in funding is available for counties to improve infrastructure related to National Interoperability channels. Funding will be applied or distributed to counties, those of which were identified as areas with insufficient coverage and/or insufficient infrastructure of National Interoperability Channels.


  9. 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 and occurs within grant performance period.


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

    A: No, staff salaries is not an eligible expense under this grant program.

  11. 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 applicants that meet grant requirements. 

  12. Are consultant fees eligible?

    A: Yes. Consultant fees for services provided are eligible, as long as they are consistent with the permissible expenses of the grant.

  13. Q: Is purchase of subscriber equipment eligible?

    A: No, subscriber equipment is not an eligible expense under this grant program.

  14. 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 nationwide system.

  15. 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