Mini-Grant Information

Mini-grant contract applications are available from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) for the items listed below. The mini-grant contract applications, must be approved by the NDOT-HSO prior to the applicant incurring any expenditures. A mini-grant is typically for the purchase of a specific item or a short-term (not longer than 30 days) activity. The following explains the mini-grants available, and provides the option to download each specific mini-grant application. After completing the mini-grant applications form it may be mailed or faxed to the NDOT-HSO for approval. However, no promotional items, such as key chains, etc. are allowed. Check with NDOT-HSO before ordering.

 

Mini-Grant Requirements
  • All applicants being awarded equipment through the NDOT-HSO mini-grant process must report the activity generated annually for three (3) years to the NDOT-HSO. The activity to be reported will be clearly defined and included with the award letter so the activity can be captured once the piece of equipment is put into service. In the Fall, the NDOT-HSO will forward the agency an activity report form to be completed by a specific date and returned to the NDOT-HSO.
  • Mini-Grant Contract Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the activity.
  • All mini-grants for equipment purchases must be approved by NDOT-HSO before equipment is ordered or purchased.

 

SAM.gov registration, DUNS # and CAGE Code

Federal guidelines require the NDOT-Highway Safety Office (HSO) to ensure that all applicants are not suspended or debarred from receiving federal grants by having an active registration at the System for Award Management (SAM). The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and the Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code are required to register at Sam.gov. Mini-Grants without the DUNS # and the CAGE Code to confirm registration at SAM.gov will not be accepted.

 

Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies & Procedures

This Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies and Procedures incorporates the “Policies and Procedures” of the NDOT-HSO. Every state, county, community, law enforcement agency, organization, etc. eligible to receive federal funding through a project or mini-grant contract must read and comply with the guidelines outlined in this document. State, local, and federal rules and regulations also need to be complied with as outlined in the “audit” section, page 6 of the guide.

 

 

Apply for Mini-Grants

 

Child Safety Seats (CSS)  |  Download Application and Award

Nebraska CSS inspection stations are eligible for funding assistance to purchase child restraint systems for low-income families. For more information on Child Safety Seat (CSS) Inspection Stations, view the Child Passenger Safety page.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the HSO as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation. 

 

 

In-Car Cameras  |   (Funding not available at this time)  

Funding assistance for in-car cameras is available to any law enforcement agency in the State. The digital in-car cameras are funded at either 75% of the cost of the total unit or $3,500.00 per total unit, whichever is the lower cost. There is a limit of 2 (two) in-car cameras annually per agency.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the HSO as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

 

 

Preliminary Breath Testers (PBT)  |  Download Application

Funding assistance for PBTs is available to any law enforcement agency in the State. The units are funded 100% by the HSO with a limit of six (6) units annually per agency.

 

Breath Alcohol Supplies Order Form - Preliminary and evidentiary alcohol breath testing instruments (mouthpieces and evidentiary cards).

 

 

Radars  |  Download Application

Funding assistance for radar units is available to law enforcement agencies in the priority counties. The units are funded at 75% per unit up to a maximum of $900.00 per unit. There is a limit of two (2) units annually per agency.

 

If radar units are not purchased from the State Contract, agency must provide competitive bid and may not be available for split billing. To view radar units currently on State contract, click here and go to the “Category” drop down menu, scroll down to “Police Equipment & Supplies,” and click on “Submit Query”. All speed measuring device contracts are listed. Click on the contract number to see the specific units for each vendor. 

 

To access the price sheets for these vendors, you will need to access the NASPO ValuePoint site here https://www.naspovaluepoint.org/portfolio/police-radar-lidar/.  Select “Contractors”, pick from the list of logo links, then select the document that lists pricing.

 

 

Selective Overtime Enforcement  |  Download Application

Effective February 1, 2016, mileage will no longer be an eligible reimbursement expenditure.

 

Funding assistance for selective overtime enforcement is available to law enforcement agencies in the priority counties. The selective overtime activity may be conducted in one of four emphasis areas: occupant protection, speed, alcohol, or general traffic. Overtime salaries are eligible for reimbursement. All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcement must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST). Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement. Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of activity.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NOHS as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

 

The Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary must be completed and returned with the reimbursement request. 

 

 

"Underage" Alcohol-Related Selective Overtime Enforcement  |  Download Application

Effective February 1, 2016, mileage will no longer be an eligible reimbursement expenditure.

 

Funding assistance for “underage” alcohol-related selective overtime enforcement is available to law enforcement agencies. Eligible funding activities may include: compliance checks, adult procurement initiatives, adult education/program presentations, selective overtime enforcement, and party patrols. Overtime salaries are eligible for reimbursement. All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcement must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST). Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement. Applications must be submitted for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of activity.

 

Additional information on Underage Alcohol-Related Selective Overtime Enforcement funding assistance.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of supporting documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued to them. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NDOT-HSO as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

 

The Grant Funded Enforcement Activity Summary must be completed and returned with your reimbursement request. 

 

 

Public Information and Education  |  Download Application

Funding assistance for projects that educate the public about traffic safety issues is available to agencies in the priority counties. Activities should focus on one of the emphasis areas: alcohol, speed, youth, or occupant protection. Other traffic safety-related areas may be considered based upon supporting crash data.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of supporting documentation substantiating expenditures associated with NDOT-HSO as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

 

 

Training // Workshops // Conferences  |  Download Application

Funding assistance for traffic safety professionals to attend traffic safety trainings/workshops /conferences is available to agencies in the priority counties. The NDOT-HSO may provide funding assistance for transportation, lodging, and registration fees. All other costs associated with the training/workshop/conference are the responsibility of the applicant.

 

The mini-grant contractor is responsible for submitting the Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement (CR) with a copy of support documentation substantiating expenditures associated with each mini-grant contract issued. The request(s) must be completed and submitted to the NDOT-HSO as reimbursement is needed and/or upon completion of the mini-grant contract. CRs are processed upon receipt of the correct documentation.

 

The Grant Funded Training/Conference Evaluation Report must accompany all claims for travel reimbursement and must be attached to the Claim for Reimbursement/Mini-Grant Claim for Reimbursement.