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Posted Date: 
September 28, 2018
Contact: 
Rhonda Sullivan, 911 Program Manager, Public Safety Communications Bureau, SITSD, Montana Department of Administration (DOA)

Notice of Funding Availability for Applications for Financial Assistance Under the State of Montana, 9-1-1 Grant Program

AGENCY: Montana Department of Administration, State Information Technology Services Division, Public Safety Communications Bureau

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

SUMMARY: House Bill 61 was passed by the 2017 Montana Legislature, primary sponsor Representative Frank Garner, and was signed by Governor Steve Bullock on May 10, 2017. House Bill 61 provides for at least $6.8 million in funding for the award of 9-1-1 grants by the Department of Administration in state fiscal year 2019.  The Department, in consultation with the 9-1-1 Advisory Council, must award competitive grants annually.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit applications from prospective private telecommunications providers and local governments that are seeking financial assistance in the form of a grant from the State of Montana 9-1-1 Grant Program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Eligible applicants and recipients of State of Montana 9-1-1 grants include: private telecommunications providers and local government entities that host certified public safety answering points.

Eligible uses of awarded grant funds include: project feasibility studies or project plans; the implementation, operation, and maintenance of 9-1-1 systems, equipment, devices, and data; and the purchase of services that support 9-1-1 systems.

"9-1-1 system" means telecommunications facilities, circuits, equipment, devices, software, and associated contracted services for the transmission of emergency communications. A 9-1-1 system includes the transmission of emergency communications: from persons requesting emergency services to a primary public safety answering point and communications systems for the direct dispatch, relay, and transfer of emergency communications; and to or from a public safety answering point to or from emergency service units.

APPLICATION: Each prospective applicant must submit a “9-1-1 Grant Application Form” for each individual project that the applicant is seeking financial assistance.

DATES: The application submittal period will begin on October 1, 2018 and end at 5:00 PM MST on November 29, 2018. 

ADDRESSES: Prospective applicants should submit all applications electronically via email to: rsullivan@mt.gov

Prospective applicants can access additional information, including the “9-1-1 Grant Application Form” on the program’s website at: https://sitsd.mt.gov/Governance/Boards-Councils/9-1-1

APPLICATION EVALUATION: Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the 9-1-1 Advisory Council and the Department of Administration using the following criteria:

  1. Completeness and effectiveness of the application: (20 points maximum). The application must be complete and fully address what is required in the application form and clearly describe the fulfillment of each grant award criteria.
  2. The extent to which the application supports the planning, implementation, operation or maintenance of 9-1-1 systems, 9-1-1 services or both: (50 points maximum); and
  3. Support for the project that is demonstrated with letters of support from private telecommunications providers, local governments, public safety answering points and emergency services agencies: (30 points maximum).

PROGRAM CONTACT:

Program Staff:  Rhonda Sullivan, 9-1-1 Program Manager
Address:  1400 8th Avenue; Helena, MT 59620     
Phone:  406-444-2420
Emailrsullivan@mt.gov

Rhonda Sullivan | rsullivan@mt.gov | 406-444-2420
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