The Statewide Emergency Communications Board (SECB) has been designated as Minnesota’s State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), Minn. Stat. §403.36, subdivision 1g. In that capacity, the SECB is responsible for the State Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) and for the continued progress toward achieving public safety interoperable communications within the state and with neighboring states and Canada. In 2009, a National Emergency Communication Plan (NECP) was promulgated by the United States Department of Homeland Security articulating important strategies and requirements necessary to coordinate communications interoperability at a national level.
Over the last several years, the Statewide Emergency Communications Board (SECB) and the Division of Emergency Communication Networks (DECN) have worked with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) to coordinated various federal grant programs providing a significant amount of local funding for interoperable communications
It is the intent that all public and private non-profit entities including local, tribal and state government agencies and community-based public safety organizations may be the ultimate recipients of SHSGP and IECGP funds allocated to interoperable communications. However, requests for funding will generally be processed through of the following appropriate entities:
- Regional Emergency Communications Board (ECB)
- Homeland Security and Emergency Management Regions
- Urban Area Security Initiative Regions
- Division of Emergency Communication Networks (for state agency proposals)
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.
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.
For questions regarding ECN grants, please contact Jackie Mines at Jackie.Mines@state.mn.us.
To access the Department of Public Safety grant management system, visit the Department of Public Safety e-grants.