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Kentucky’s Public Safety Awareness Initiative Program. Funding August 23, 2005. Course Objectives. To educate public safety officials with funding strategies to support public safety radio communication systems.

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Course Objectives

  • To educate public safety officials with funding strategies to support public safety radio communication systems.

  • To identify, apply, and receive grant opportunities available for public safety radio communication systems.


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Lesson Plan

  • Funding Limitations

  • Funding Strategy

  • Funding Sources

  • Financing Methods

  • Grant Opportunities

  • Grant Restrictions

  • Grant Application

  • Grant Writing Process

  • Grant Administration



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Funding Limitations

  • State and Local governments face estimated record budget deficits.

  • General Fund discretionary dollars cannot be relied upon from year to year.

  • Bond funding may be limited by a government’s debt ceiling.

  • Business case justification for public safety communications system has not been adequately communicated to elected officials.


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Funding Strategy

  • Needs to encompass the entire life cycle of the public radio communications system which includes planning, designing, funding, procuring, installing, operating, maintaining, and retiring.

  • May include one or more funding sources at different levels of government.

    • Federal

    • State

    • Local

  • May include alternative cost sharing approaches such as public and private partnerships.


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Funding Sources

Federal Government

Revenue Sources

Funding Mechanisms

Taxes

Bonds

Notes

User Fees

Surcharges

Appropriations

Grants


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Funding Sources

State Government

Revenue Sources

Funding Mechanisms

Federal Gov.

Taxes

Bonds

User Fees

Surcharges

Lotteries

Appropriations

Grants


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Funding Sources

Local Government

Revenue Sources

Funding Mechanisms

Federal Gov.

State Gov.

Taxes

Bonds

User Fees

Surcharges

General Funds

Improvement Plans

Investment Funds


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Financing Methods

  • Budget Appropriations

  • Grants

  • 911 Surcharges

  • Targeted Fees and Taxes

  • Bonds

  • Public/Private Partnerships

  • Foundations


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Grant Opportunities

Mountains of Paperwork

or

Surf the Paperwork

Use www.FedGrants.gov or www.Grants.gov

Web Sites to Search Grant Opportunities


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Grant Opportunities for Public Safety

  • Federal Agencies

    • Department of Homeland Security

      • Office of Domestic Preparedness

      • Federal Emergency Management Agency

      • Transportation Security Administration

      • Department of Justice

      • Environment Protection Agency

      • Department of Health and Human Services

    • Department of Defense

Use www.dhs.gov Web Site to Search Public Safety Grant Opportunities


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Grant Restrictions

  • Types of Grants

    • Categorical

      • Narrowly Defined, Specific Spending

    • Block

      • Broadly Defined, Flexible Spending

  • Matching Requirements

    • A percentage cost of the project must be paid by the participating agency

  • Period of Project Support


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Grant Application

  • www.grants.gov enables applicants to search and download grant application packages online via the internet.

  • Other Federal Agencies such as DHS allows applicants to download grant application information and apply online via the internet.



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Writing the Grant

  • Read the grant application carefully to understand the goals and objectives of the grant.

  • Read and follow the instructions precisely and complete all forms neatly using clear and unambiguous language.

  • Identify grant restrictions such as:

    • Categorical versus Block Grants

    • Matching Requirements

    • Period of Project Support

  • Identify grant application deadlines.


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Components of a Grant*

  • Executive Summary

    • Outlines Project Summary and Objectives

  • Introduction of the Organization

  • Problem Statement/Statement of Need

    • Purpose of the Grant Application Proposal

  • Project Description

    • Identifies specific objectives with solving the problem.

  • Project Methodology

    • Identifies the steps that the grantee evaluated throughout the grant proposal process. The progression from the needs statement to the specific objectives

  • Project Evaluation.

    • The methods that will show how the grantee meets the objectives.

  • Budget

*PSWN – Kansas Interoperability Educational Module



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Awarding the Grant

  • Follow regulations and reporting requirements of the granting agency.

  • Develop a Project Management Plan to manage the awarded money appropriately.

  • Any grant modifications or changes must be approved in writing by the granting agency.


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Review Areas of Study

  • Lesson Plan

    • Funding Limitations

    • Funding Strategy

    • Funding Sources

    • Financing Methods

    • Grant Opportunities

    • Grants Restrictions

    • Grant Application

    • Grant Writing Process

    • Grant Administration


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Action Plan / Wrap Up

  • A Funding Strategy needs to encompass the entire life cycle of the public radio communication system.

  • Financing methods are ways to manage the money and will be incorporated into the Funding Strategy.

  • Grants offer great opportunities as a financing method and should be understood and properly processed.


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Recommended Readings

  • Report on Funding Mechanisms for Public Safety Radio Communications

  • Public Safety Communications Funding Awareness Guide

  • How To Guide for Funding State and Local Public Safety Wireless Networks

  • Developing and Writing Grant Proposals


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Additional Resources

  • Internet Links

    • www.grants.gov

    • www.dhs.gov

    • www.fema.gov

    • www.publicsafetywins.gov

    • www.agileprogram.org

  • Kentucky Office of Homeland Security

    • www.homelandsecurity.gov

  • Commonwealth Office of Technology

    • www.cot.ky.gov

  • Kentucky Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee (KWIEC)


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Kentucky’s Public Safety Awareness Initiative Program

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FundingAugust 23, 2005


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