Interoperable Communications Equipment

Provide funding to jurisdictions across the nation for demonstration projects that will explore uses of equipment and technologies to increase interoperability among the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical service communities.

These projects will illustrate and encourage the acceptance
of new technologies and operating methods to assist communities in achieving interoperability.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

It is anticipated that 56 applications will be received and approximately 14 grants will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Designated jurisdictions will be invited to submit applications for interoperable communications projects that include the purchase of interoperable communications equipment components for multi-disciplinary and/or multi-jurisdictional public safety communications projects.

Requests may provide local jurisdictions with equipment or services to participate on public safety, commercial, or other shared networks and portable gateway solutions.

Applicants may request assistance for other technologies if the application demonstrates how the proposed technology will improve interoperability among the public safety community.

If an interoperable communications plan has not been developed, the application should also include a description of how a plan will be established as part of the proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local governments nominated by State or Territory government to submit an application.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local governments.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

FEMA will invite a limited number of local jurisdictions, as designated by their respective State's Governor, to submit competitive proposals for interoperable communications demonstration projects.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296; Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, 15 U.S.C., Section 2201-2232; Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, Public Law 108-7 (2003); Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-11 (2003).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Grant awards will require a 25% nonfederal cost share. The source of the match funds must be identified in the grant application. The match does not need to be a cash match. In-kind contributions are permitted and must be activities in direct support of and eligible under the project. The nonfederal share may not be funded by other federal funds unless permitted by Federal statute.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.

Grantees will also be required to conduct a final evaluation as a condition of the demonstration grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), c/o 245 Murray Lane - Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20523, Telephone: (202) 646-3850 FAX: (202) 646-3061.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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