Apply for scholarships to improve your agency's LMR network

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Owning/Managing Organization: Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)

Program Description: Several federal financial assistance programs are available to public safety agencies to foster the enhancement of current LMR emergency communications technologies. APCO International also offers scholarships for all APCO Institute communications courses. Apply for scholarships or grants to support your agency's training efforts. Plan ahead by investing in and installing hardware needed to utilize FirstNet.

Objectives of Program: First responders will have access to FirstNet's fast, reliable broadband network that allows for instant communication with public safety workers across the US. Currently, only 60 percent of Tennessee's 50,000 emergency responders actively use TACN's interoperable land mobile radio system. TACN FirstNet wants every public safety professional in Tennessee to not only adopt existing technologies but prepare for the future of advanced communications.

How to Participate: 
Visit the Department of Homeland Security online at to view a list of emergency communications financial assistance programs. Apply for APCO scholarships at
Work collaboratively within your agency to prepare a grant application over the course of 1 to 6 months. The application process varies among programs and is determined by the grantor. Grantors may require up to 6 months to respond to award applications.
Application costs vary by grant. Work with your agency to request support.
Work with your fellow responders to apply for grants and scholarships.