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Emergency Communication Networks

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


Grant Manual

An essential resource for all current and future ECN grantees is the ECN Grant Manual. Grant recipients and grant management staff are encouraged to review this document and keep it handy during the course of their grant's lifecycle. The manual is reviewed on an annual basis. The document can be downloaded using the link below. For questions on the ECN Grant Manual or to receive this document in alternative formats, contact the ECN Grants Coordinator,.

ECN Grants Manual_Final-2023_rev 1.1.pdf

ECN presented on the draft Grant Manual and grants management policy and procedure at the Q4 Regional Stakeholder Meeting on October 24, 2022. It summarizes the grant manual as well as imprtant background policies that informed the manual's creation and recommendations. 

Q4 2022 RSEM Presentation - FINAL - 2022-10-24.pdf

Current Grant Programs​​​

SECB G​ran​​t Program 

In partnership with DPS-ECN, the Statewide Emergency Communications Board (SECB) provides grant funding to support activities related to the development of emergency communications capabilities within the state’s seven Emergency Communications Board (ECB) and Emergency Services Board (ESB) regions.

Under Minnesota State Statute 403.36 (1g)(4), the SECB has been granted the authority to ‘advise the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on public safety communications interoperability and on the allocation and use of funds made available to Minnesota to support public safety communications interoperability’.  Under this authority, the SECB Finance Committee, the SECB Grants Workgroup, and MN DPS-ECN have been tasked with identifying suitable grant funded projects for SECB approval.

​​Past Grant Programs​

Federa​​​l NG911 Grant Award

DPS-ECN received over $1.5 million in federal funds matched with $1.5 million in state funds as part of the Federal NG911 Grant Program from 2019-2022. The grant closed in March 2022. An overview of the F​​ederal NG911 Grant Award to the State of Minnesota is available h​​ere. ​

T-CP​​​R Grant Training Program

DPS-ECN received approximately $306,000 in T-CPR Training Grant Program funding available to reimburse eligible Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for training expenses related to achieving compliance with SECB Standard 911-3 (Telephone CPR Statewide Operational Standard) and the Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (T-CPR) provisions of Minnesota State Statute 403.03 (911 Services To Be Provided). The program ran from Februrary to July 2021. An overview of the program is provided here: ​​T-CPR Training Grant Program Overview.

SH​​S​​P Gr​​ant Program

The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is a federally funded grant program intended to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division (DPS-HSEM) is the designated recipient of federal SHSP grant funding. DPS-ECN does not sub-grant this award to other entities. Interested parties should review the grant information and materials available on HSEM's website​.

Requ​​​ired Forms

In ​order to improve upon the grant process and provide a clearer guidance mechanism for the individuals and organizations that DPS-ECN provides services to our department has created the following forms to be utilized at different stages of the grant process.

For questions regarding ECN grants, please contact Rebeccah Roberts at​

To access the Departm​​​ent of Public Safety grant management system, visit the Department of Public Safety e-grants.