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We know that often Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) need help with funding for emergency communications needs, above and beyond the standard sources (taxes, line contribution rate revenues, etc.) This is especially true for many communities with the requirements for Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).
As you look to working with your county commissioners, city councils, and other governmental agencies, here are some guidelines to consider in developing a letter for funding justification.
- Check traditional funding sources to see what is available.
- Check alternate funding sources (like grants). You can get more information on this by clicking on our Funding Resources.
- When making funding request, be specific. Funding requests should be as specific as possible and describe exactly what the funds will be used for and why. For example, some of your equipment may be end of life and must be replaced with equipment that will provide the necessary platform for NG9-1-1. Here are some guidelines for what should be included in your funding request:
- List the age of your equipment
- List any equipment that will be at end of life that it will be difficult to either get technical support or replacements for and could interfere in disaster response.
- List the steps your have identified for becoming NG9-1-1 ready.
- Identify how NG9-1-1 will improve services to the community, i.e., call volume, emergency response, productivity, back up. Examples: Text to 9-1-1, multimedia , improved interoperability and operational efficiency, enhanced resiliency and redundancy, improved back-up and disaster recovery capability
- Identify with a great degree of specificity how much money is needed over what periods of time and on what dates. Requested funds should include the necessary equipment, software, training, etc.
- Attach that information and any additional information that will be helpful to educate your audience with your funding request letter.
- Begin now. Start this process as early as possible. Agencies that are most effective in gaining additional funding begin the justification process six months to a year before they need to implement new equipment and services.