Grant Program (IECGP)
The goal of IECGP is to improve local, tribal, regional, statewide, and national interoperable emergency communications, including communications in collective response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. According to the legislation that created IECGP, funding enables states, territories, local units of government, and tribal communities to implement their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIP) and align to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to further enhance interoperability.
Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) funds are allocated based on risk. Each state receives a minimum allocation under IECGP using the thresholds established in the 9/11 Act. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico receive a minimum of 0.50 percent of the total funds allocated.
IECGP has a 75 percent federal and 25 percent state cost share, cash or in-kind, requirement for equipment purchases only.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) have coordinated to develop the IECGP. Both offices use their interoperability expertise and grant-related services in the administration of IECGP. This grant program offers a unique opportunity to combine the interoperable communications expertise of the OEC with the grant management capabilities of FEMA to advance interoperable emergency communication priorities nationwide.