Federal Funding for Public Safety Programs
For most municipalities, a solution to the challenge of low-altitude airspace monitoring is needed to ensure the long-term viability and safety of the National Airspace System. However, newer technology initiatives such as airspace security are often not a predefined budget item with many municipalities and public agencies. Fortunately, there are currently billions of dollars of federal funding available to help cover costs for security-related innovations and upgrades.
In an average fiscal year, there are about 1,000 federal grant programs that total about $400 billion in funding for public agencies. This year, there is additional funding of around $6 trillion to allow communities and public agencies to recover, but also for innovative projects. There are multiple federal funding sources through Department of Homeland Security, FEMA programs, Department of Justice funds, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Act (American Rescue Plan). We can help you get creative on how to leverage this funding for your Hidden Level project.
Public agencies (city, county, state, law enforcement agency, port, tribal government, etc.)
The good news is you do not need to be a federal funding expert! We have legal resources who work every day with people without grant writing experience, helping to maximize your benefit through fund selection, developing appropriate documentation & language and meeting deadlines.
- It’s not about what you’re buying, but why you’re buying it. Think about your use case. What problem are you solving? How are you improving the safety and security of your community? This use case leads to the federal funding streams that will be the best. Data that proves your use case is beneficial, though not required.
- Local commitment to the effort. Are partner agencies in the community or state involved and supporting your project? If not, could there be?
- Some federal grants require a research partner. We can help you identify this partner (i.e. local university).
- Local letters of support
Our legal team can provide talking points, language and other tools (i.e. letters of support, emails, etc.) to support your case. You will just need to use the tools!
Researching the federal funding sources mentioned above is a starting point, but it can also be overwhelming. If you’d like to discuss your options, please fill out the interest form located at the bottom of this page. We’d be happy to send you more information or have a conversation about your options.