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Emergency Communication Networks

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

Grants

 

Federal NG911 Grant Award

An overview of the Federal NG911 Grant Award to the State of Minnesota is available here
 

SECB Grant Program 

In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Emergency Communication Networks Division (MN 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.
 
  • 2020-2021 SECB Grant Program Overview (click here)
  • SECB Grant Program Application Form (click here)
  • Current SECB Grant Program Investment Hierarchy (click here)

SHSP Grant 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 (MN DPS-HSEM) is the designated recipient of federal SHSP grant funding.  Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Emergency Communication Networks Division (MN DPS-ECN) applied for and was awarded SHSP funding from MN HSEM for the purpose of improving interoperable public safety communications capabilities within the state’s seven Emergency Communications Board (ECB) and Emergency Services Board (ESB) regions.

As part of the award process, MN DPS-ECN will engage stakeholders at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels to identify emergency communications related projects suitable for SHSP Grant Program funding.

Additional information regarding the SHSP Grant Program:

Eligible Applicants

The entities eligible to apply for Grants are:

  • Northeast Minnesota Emergency Communications Board
  • Metropolitan Emergency Services Board
  • Southeast Minnesota Emergency Communications Board
  • South Central Minnesota Emergency Communications Board
  • Southwest Minnesota Emergency Communications Board
  • Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board
  • Northwest Minnesota Emergency Communications Board

Required Forms

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

Additional Information

The information in the following links is essential to properly completing the grant process.  Understanding these documents will assist you in answering the majority of your questions.

Further Information 

For questions regarding ECN grants, please contact Cathy Clark at Cathy.Clark@state.mn.us​.

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