The Department of Homeland Security announced the availability of $374.9 million in grant funding for the fiscal 2023 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) — a significant increase from the $185 million allotted in fiscal 2022. This funding is critical, as state and local governments face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats to their critical infrastructure and public safety.
Now in its second year, the SLCGP is a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments nationwide to help them strengthen cyber resilience. Established by the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement and part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the SLCGP provides $1 billion in funding over four years to support SLT governments as they develop capabilities to detect, protect against, and respond to cyber threats.
Each state and territory will receive a funding allocation determined by the statutory formula. Allocations for states and territories include a base level as defined for each entity: one percent for each state, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and 0.25 percent for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
State allocations include additional funds based on a combination of state and rural population totals. Notably, 80 percent of total state or territory allocations must support local entities, while 25 percent of the total state or territory allocations must support rural entities.
According to DHS,
SLCGP is jointly administered by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). CISA provides expertise and guidance on cybersecurity issues while FEMA manages the grant award and allocation process. Award recipients may use funding for a wide range of cybersecurity improvements and capabilities, including cybersecurity planning and exercising, hiring cyber personnel, and improving the services that citizens rely on daily.
“State and local governments are facing increasingly sophisticated cyber threats to their critical infrastructure and public safety,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “As the Nation’s Cyber Defense Agency, CISA is pleased to make available yet another tool to that will help strengthen cyber defenses for communities across the nation and bolster our collective cybersecurity.”
“Building resilience requires more than mitigating against natural hazards,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “As our threat landscape continues to evolve, the funding provided through the state, local, and territorial cybersecurity grant program will increase capability to help communities better prepare and reduce cyber risks.”
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