ALBANY -$75 million in state grant funding will be available through Statewide Interoperability Communications Grants (SICG) to help counties strengthen and improve their emergency communications systems, particularly by expanding their communications functions with neighboring counties and first responders. Over the previous two rounds of SICG funding, $122 million has been awarded to counties across the State.
“Our experience over the last few years has taught us that the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently on all levels of government is crucial for preparing and responding to an emergency,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “These grants provide essential funding for enhancing emergency communications systems across the state, and they are an important investment in our local governments. I urge eligible localities to take advantage of this opportunity, which will support the work of our first responders in an emergency and better protect New Yorkers.”
The SICG program is a multi-year competitive grant, funded by the Statewide Public Safety Communications Account (i.e. cellular surcharge revenue) that is focused on the commitment to regional partnerships, formalizing governance and implementing operating procedures between counties and first response agencies. Similar to previous SICG grant funding, these SICG applications must pertain to response-level emergency communications across multiple jurisdictions and agencies, including State agencies, and must utilize non-proprietary, open standards-based technologies and equipment.
This round of grants continues the process of the first two rounds of the Interoperability Communications grants, which established the State’s regional approach to interoperability and improved collaboration among local and state agencies. Additionally, it will focus on minimizing gaps in interoperable communications by aligning technology acquisitions with operational use by first responders, which provides the foundation necessary to accomplish high level of interoperability.
County Public Safety Organizations who have not previously received SICG awards under Round 1 or Round 2 may apply for up to $6 million in funding through the SICG program to facilitate the development, consolidation, and/or improved operation of public safety communications to support and enhance statewide interoperable communications for first responders.
Counties that have not previously received SICG awards under Round 1 or Round 2 and are eligible for Round 3 are:
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Applications must be received by September 30, 2013 by 5:00 P.M. Applications can be submitted electronically at email@example.com or by mail to:
Robert Barbato, Director
DHSES Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications
State Campus, Building 7A, Suite 710
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12242
For more information including detailed eligibility requirements visit the DHSES website at www.dhses.ny.gov/oiec/grants/