How Will Your Agency Fund an LTE network? A Digital Upgrade? Grants.

Posted by Jill McNamara

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

   Have you ever wondered, 'How can I find EMS Utilities Moto EMB Potrero  0163 r1 resized 600funding opportunities that apply to my needs?' In an effort to keep you informed, Chicago Communications supports the Motorola Grant website as one of the leading references for searching out funding options for your department. These strategies can help you access the proper funding to plan and implement new systems and technologies. This is especially beneficial when you consider consolidating with other nearby agencies with similar interests. The bigger the effort, the better your chances of getting another step closer to your needs, whether it's a new digital radio (MOTOTRBO) system or the opportunity to access the private LTE networks that are currently under development. Below are some of the highlighted strategies.

10 Key Successful Grant Strategies for 2012

1. Only the best, well written applications will win in 2012; limited dollars= increased competition.

2. Be prepared with grant narratives before the grant guidance is announced.

3. Tell a big picture story beyond just the equipment that is needed.

4. Describe how this project will keep people safe in their communities.

5. Know the deadline of the grant programs, eligibility and the amount of funding available.

6. Build relationships with the granting agencies and key stakeholders.

7. Develop a funding plan that includes Federal, State and Local resources.

8. Look to non-traditional grant programs—beyond  DOJ and DHS—that can fund your program.

9. Look for Recovery Act money that has not been spent at the state level: de-obligated funds.

10. Visit for more information.

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Topics: Public Safety Communications, Next Generation Public Safety, Grant Funding