$55 Million in Grants Now Available for Statewide Public Safety Communications Enhancements

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a massive $55 million total grant opportunity through two programs with the goals of improving and bettering maintenance of New York state’s public safety and emergency communications systems.

"Keeping New Yorkers safe is my top priority, and ensuring an effective response during emergency situations where every second counts means having the right tools and support for critical systems such as emergency communications systems," Hochul stated of the grant opportunities. "This funding is critical to strengthening New York's emergency response capabilities, and I encourage County officials throughout the State to take advantage of these funding opportunities to ensure first responders have the resources they need to keep our communities safe."

Of the $55 million, $45 million in grant funding will be through the State Interoperable Communications Formula Grant (SICG-Formula), allowing New York state to reimburse eligible counties for emergency communication systems maintenance and improvement statewide. $10 million will be through the Public Safety Answering Point Operations Grant Program, allowing counties to get state support for eligible public safety call- and dispatch-related expenses.

"When disaster strikes, it's critical first responders are able to clearly communicate with one another as they work to protect communities and save lives,” remarked New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray of the grants. “Through this funding, public safety partners will be able to implement the key infrastructure and technology upgrades that are essential for strengthening local response postures and building safer communities."

Applications for both grant programs are now open here, with the deadline for both officially set at Monday, June 26, 2023.

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