Mocksville, N.C. – Davie County has been awarded grant funding for an End-of-Life CAD System Replacement project in the amount of $232,767. The grant was unanimously approved by the North Carolina 911 Board Grant Committee as part of their 2020 grant program review process. This accomplishment is even more outstanding as this is the first time that Davie County has applied for a 911 grant.
"The process of applying for the grant involved documenting our CAD upgrade project, identifying where existing 911 qualifying funds could be used, which funds were non-qualifying, how the grant funds would be used, documenting the software implementation, showing how the project would be successful and providing significant detailed information to satisfy the NC 911 Grant committee that if awarded, the grant would meet one of the priority objectives for available grant funds," said John Gallimore, Chief Technology Officer with Davie County.
Although it was the County's first time applying for the grant, there has been no lack of time invested in research, preparation and communication to ensure the County was well represented and the needs were clearly demonstrated.
This grant supports almost three years of work by the Public Safety working group to assess and evaluate the need to completely upgrade and replace current public safety software which has been in use since 1995. The software working group consists of members of 911, the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Services and Technology Solutions. Staff members invested hundreds of hours through meetings, reviewing software needs, evaluating business processes, requesting information from vendors, evaluating proposals, talking with other agencies and making site visits to see what new software is available.
Gallimore explained why receiving this grant is such positive news for the County and community. "This award will be able to cover over 30% of this $600,000+ software project through non-County funds. This is one of the largest public safety grants received by the County, will reduce the burden to the County’s taxpayer and allows the County to leverage other non-County funds for this very important project."
"This was a team effort and shows that through careful planning, collaboration and following a managed project approach, County staff were able to win significant non-County funds to support our public safety operations."