ESRI, a provider of geographic information system (GIS) software, and Trimble, a provider of GPS solutions, have launched the 2009 Mobile Government Grant Program. The program will award hardware, software and training systems with a total of $89,980 to 20 state and local government agencies in the United States. ESRI and Trimble developed the program to foster innovative approaches to solving government problems through the combined use of GIS, GPS, mobile and server technology, according to the companies. Projects must demonstrate increased efficiencies in collecting data for decision support or increased productivity in delivering government services. Applicants can begin submitting their applications today. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PST, Nov. 20. Awards will be announced Dec. 18.