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2019 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant Program (SICG-Formula Program)

Grants to New York County Governments for Technology
to Improve Communications Between First Responders

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New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC)

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09/09/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to New York State County governments to improve emergency response communications and performance. Applicants must be members of, or demonstrate that they are committed to join, at least one regional communications consortium. Funding is intended for communications technology purchases in order to improve system operability and interoperability statewide.

The SICG-Formula Program concentrates on improving interoperability and operability of communication systems in New York State. The SICG-Formula Program focuses on minimizing gaps in interoperable communications by aligning technology acquisitions with its operational use by first responders, providing the foundation necessary to accomplish a high level of interoperability. 

OIEC seeks to ensure progress towards the goals and milestones described in the New York State Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) and toward communication priorities identified by the Federal government (i.e., SAFECOM Guidance). The SICG-Formula Program focuses on providing stability, sustainment, and further development of LMR systems and regional solutions implemented to date.

The SICG-Formula Program intends to aid county, local, and municipal public safety organizations by enhancing emergency response; improving capability, governance structures, operating procedures, and infrastructure development; and addressing SAFECOM guidance from OEC.

The main concepts, chief criteria, program and technical requirements of this grant program continue to expand and strengthen OIEC’s commitment to regional partnerships, formalizing governance, and implementing operating procedures between counties and agencies. Applicants for the 2019 SICG-Formula Program must utilize non-proprietary, open standards-based technologies and equipment.

2019 SICG-Formula Program Goals:

  1. Development and coordination of National Interoperability Channels, as well as, State, Regional, Tribal, and Local mutual aid channels;
  2. Development of interoperable communications infrastructure;
  3. Improvements of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) toward Next Generation 911 (NG911) development in accordance with New YorkState’s plan and vision;
  4. Development of governance and Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs);
  5. Development of an inventory of statewide communications resources (i.e., continuous participation in Communications Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) tool) and Tactical Interoperable Communication Plan (TICP1) development, updates, and utilization.

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GrantWatch ID#: 152184

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Term of Contract:

The period of performance for contracts supported by 2019 SICG-Formula Program funds is January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2022, with the potential for extension based upon a good cause shown and justification for needing additional time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for and receive grant funding, applicants must:

- Be a county government within New York State or New York City requesting funding for the benefit of the county as a single entity. Applications must be submitted by a county government. (The five counties which comprise New York City [Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York and Richmond] must apply as a single entity.)
- Be an active member of, or demonstrate a commitment to join, at least one New York State Regional Interoperable Communications Consortium. Such a consortium must consist of two or more counties; be formed to promote multijurisdictional (two or more) and multidisciplinary (two or more) public safety communications and interoperability (e.g., law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical, emergency management, public health, public works, and communication centers); and support New York state agencies. If a county is not a current member of a consortium, the commitment to participate in a consortium must be in effect and certified within 120 days of notice of potential award. A county’s failure to certify a consortium commitment will result in forfeiture of the award.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due to DHSES by 5:00 PM EDT on September 9, 2019. Applications must be submitted via E-Grants. Applications that are not received by the due date will not be considered for funding.

Substantive written questions regarding this RFA will be accepted until 5:00 PM EDT on August 23, 2019. RFA updates will be posted on August 30, 2019.

If upon reading this RFA you are interested in completing a grant application, and you have not previously been registered to use the DHSES E-Grants system, your agency will need to register and be assigned a user name and password. The Registration Request Form to use the E-Grants system is available at, or see Supporting Documents below.

The SICG-Formula Program is State support in the form of reimbursement for eligible expenses.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions regarding the 2019 SICG-Formula Program should be directed to the following email address:

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

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