Enhanced 9-1-1 Compliance Grant Program

Note:  The current Grant period is closed.  Please check back in the Fall of 2019.

Enhanced 9-1-1 Compliance Grant Program

A Building Communities Grant Overview

The Enhanced 9-1-1 Compliance Grant Program was created by Act 160 of the 2016 legislative session. This Building Communities grant is intended to provide financial assistance and incentive to Vermont schools to support the identification and implementation of needed changes to the school’s telecommunications technology so accurate address and dispatchable location information (i.e., specific call back number, building name/number, floor number, room number, etc.) is provided to Vermont 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

This program is administered by the Vermont Enhanced 9-1-1 Board which has the authority to award grants at its sole discretion.  Grants are awarded competitively.  The program is authorized to award matching grants of up to $25,000.00 per project.   For projects involving multi-school phone system integration, each school may be considered as a separate project for the purposes of this application.  The required match must be through dollars raised and not in-kind services.

It is important to recognize that each school may have a different starting point on the path to compliance with 9-1-1 location requirements.  While the ultimate goal is to have all schools provide the required information, this grant program will support schools in taking any needed steps along the path toward compliance.  Examples of projects that will be considered for these grants include but are not limited to: fees/costs for consultation services to identify current telecommunications system capabilities; fees/costs associated with consultation services to understand available options and/or obstacles related to improving the quality of information sent to 9-1-1; fees associated with improving a school’s ability to maintain accurate location data; and/or costs for replacing  or upgrading existing telecommunications technology to allow for more accurate location information.

Grant applications for public schools must be coordinated and submitted at the Supervisory Union or School District level on behalf of individual schools.

Independent schools that receive public funds for tuition are also eligible for this program and may submit applications on their own behalf.

Please note:   It is the intent of the legislature that applicants applying for any of the Building Communities Grant Awards shall not apply for more than one grant as defined in Chapter 137 of Title 24 for the same project in a single calendar year, in any category. This does not prohibit organizations from requesting funding for a different project in an alternate location under any of the grants.

Questions about the 9-1-1 Compliance Grant Program?  Contact the Enhanced 9-1-1 Board at 802-828-4911 or e-mail us at e911.grant@vermont.gov.