Cybergrants – Cisa

CyberGrants – CISA

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On September 16, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country.
Funding from the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) and the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program (TCGP) helps eligible entities address cybersecurity risks and threats to information systems owned or operated by—or on behalf of—state, local and territorial (SLLT) governments.  Through two distinct Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO), SLCGP and TCGP combined will distribute $1 billion over four years to support projects throughout the performance period of up to four years. This year, the TCGP will be released after SLCGP.
Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, Congress established the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act, which established the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, appropriating $1 billion to be awarded over four years.
These entities face unique challenges in defending against cyber threats such as ransomware, as they lack the resources to defend against constantly changing threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is taking steps to help stakeholders across the country understand the severity of their unique local cyber threats and cultivate partnerships to reduce related risks across the SLT enterprise.
Read below or print the SLCGP Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.
DHS will implement the SLCGP Grant Program through CISA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While CISA will serve as the subject-matter expert in cybersecurity related issues, FEMA will provide grant administration and oversight for appropriated funds, including award and allocation of funds to eligible entities, financial management and oversight of funds execution.
The program is designed to put the funding where it is needed most: into the hands of local entities. States and territories will use their State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) to receive the funds from the Federal Government and then distribute the funding to local governments in accordance with state law/procedure.  This is the same way in which funding is distributed to local governments in the Homeland Security Grant Program.
Eligible entities can form their cybersecurity planning and can create Cybersecurity Plans (in accordance with the minimum requirements as stated in the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act), which are a requirement for receiving grant funds. The state-level Cybersecurity Planning Committee leverages previously established advisory bodies that the states may have formed. The membership of the Cybersecurity Planning Committee will be up to each individual state, given they meet the requirements of the legislation and NOFO. States are encouraged to expand their cybersecurity planning committees to include additional expertise based on individual state needs. DHS provides a list of these suggested additional personnel in the NOFO. However, states are not limited to the added personnel on this list.
The Cybersecurity Planning Committee will identify and prioritize state-wide efforts, to include identifying opportunities to consolidate projects to increase efficiencies. Each eligible entity is required to submit confirmation that the committee is comprised of the required representatives. The eligible entity must also confirm that at least one-half of the representatives of the committee have professional experience relating to cybersecurity or information technology. For more information on the composition of the Cybersecurity Planning Committee, including how to leverage existing planning committees, please refer to Appendix B of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Cybersecurity Planning Committee membership shall include at least one representative from relevant stakeholders, including:
Not less than half of the representatives of the Cybersecurity Planning Committee must have professional experience relating to cybersecurity or information technology. Qualifications are determined by the states.
Eligible entities are given the flexibility to identify the specific public health and public education agencies and communities the Planning Committee members represent.
The Cybersecurity Plan is a statewide planning document that must be approved by the Cybersecurity Planning Committee and the CIO/CISO equivalent. The Plan will be subsequently updated in FY24 and 25. It must contain the following components:
SLCGP Email: SLCGPinfo@cisa.dhs.gov
TCGP Email: TCGPinfo@cisa.dhs.gov
Social Media Handle(s):  Visit CISA on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram
(Please note other links will be added as they become available)
The following list of CISA resources are recommended products, services, and tools at no cost to the state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as public and private sector critical infrastructure organizations.
State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program Fact Sheet
State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions
Cyber Resource Hub
Ransomware Guide (Sept. 2020)
Cyber Resilience Review
Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools
To report an incident, visit www.cisa.gov/report
Key Links:
FEMA has assigned state-specific Preparedness Officers for the SLCGP. If you do not know your Preparedness Officer, please contact the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by email at askcsid@fema.dhs.gov, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.
CSID is a non-emergency comprehensive management and information resource developed by FEMA for grant stakeholders. CSID provides general information on all FEMA grant programs and maintains a comprehensive database containing key personnel contact information at the federal, state and local levels. When necessary, recipients will be directed to a federal point of contact who can answer specific programmatic questions or concerns. CSID can be reached by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by e-mail at askcsid@fema.dhs.gov, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.
 
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