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New Funding Program Available for Cybersecurity! State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)

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On September 23rd, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security is launching a $1 billion grant program for states, counties, local and tribal governments to boost their cybersecurity efforts. The SLCGP will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants to support:

· Developing and revising cybersecurity plans

· Implementing elements of the cybersecurity plan

· Addressing imminent cybersecurity threats

· Managing and administering the grant program

· Any other activity determined appropriate by DHS

The money will be distributed in installments over 4 years, with $185 million being available by the end of 2022. The first year of the program will be aimed at recipients standing up a Cybersecurity Planning committee and developing, approving, and submitting a Statewide Cybersecurity Plan. Once the plan is approved, the recipient may begin implementation, which may include implementing known cybersecurity best practices, training exercises, etc. All funded projects must be linked to the approved plan. States have 60 days to apply for the grants.

SLCGP Eligibility

· States administrative agencies are the only organizations who can apply.

· City, county, and towns can receive sub-awards from the applicable state administrative agency

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