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Emergency Communication Networks

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


​Current Grant Programs​​​

Federa​​​l NG911 Grant Award

An overview of the F​​ederal NG911 Grant Award to the State of Minnesota is available here. ​

SECB G​ran​​t 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.

  • Current SECB Grant Program Investment Hierarchy (click here​​​)

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.  A portion of the available funding is a​​llocated to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety division of Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) to support statewide planning, training, exercise, and equipment projects related to building and sustaining emergency communication capabilities.

Based​ on the nature of the award for FFY 2020, there will be no SHSP grant funding available to the states seven Emergency Communications Board and/or Emergency Services Board regions in calendar year 2021.

​​Past Grant Programs​

T-CP​​​R Grant Training Program

The Minn​​​esota Department of Public Safety division of Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) has 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).

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.

Addition​​al 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 Infor​​mation 

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.