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State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program
A - Primarily intended to fund technology
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security will administer a program to award grants to eligible entities to address cybersecurity risks and cybersecurity threats to information systems owned or operated by, or on behalf of, State, local, or Tribal governments.
An eligible entity that receives a grant under this program and a local government that receives funds from a grant under this program must use the grant to:
- implement the Cybersecurity Plan of the eligible entity
- develop or revise the Cybersecurity Plan of the eligible entity
- pay expenses directly relating to the administration of the grant, which shall not exceed 5 percent of the amount of the grant;
- assist with activities that address imminent cybersecurity threats, as confirmed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the National Cyber Director, to the information systems owned or operated by, or on behalf of, the eligible entity or a local government within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity;
- fund any other appropriate activity determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the National Cyber Director.
Cybersecurity planning committees in states, territories, and tribes must explain how they will address 16 cybersecurity elements. These elements include:
- How the applicant will manage, monitor, and track information systems, applications, and user accounts they own or operate.
- How the applicant will monitor, audit, and track network activity traveling to and from information systems, applications, and user accounts.
- How the applicant will enhance the preparation, response, and resiliency of information systems, applications, and user accounts against cybersecurity threats.
- How the applicant will implement continuous vulnerability assessments and threat mitigation to address cybersecurity threats to information systems, applications, and user accounts.
History of Funding
None is available.
Any entity that receives funds from a grant under this program may not use the grant:
- to supplant State or local funds
- for any recipient cost-sharing contribution
- to pay a ransom
- for recreational or social purposes
- for any purpose that does not address cybersecurity risks or cybersecurity threats on information systems owned or operated by, or on behalf of, the eligible entity that receives the grant or a local government within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity
Eligible entities include States and Tribal governments. States must pass down at least 80 percent of the funds they receive to local governments within their jurisdictions. 25 percent of funds must go to projects in rural areas.
Additionally, State and Tribal planning committees will include representatives from institutions of public education and health within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity.
This program is expected to open in the third quarter of 2022 (July, August, or September).
This program is appropriated:
- for fiscal year 2022, $200,000,000
- for fiscal year 2023, $400,000,000
- for fiscal year 2024, $300,000,000
- for fiscal year 2025, $100,000,000
For fiscal year 2022 and each following fiscal year, the Secretary of Homeland Security will apportion amounts appropriated to carry out this program among eligible entities as follows:
- Baseline Amount:
- 0.25 percent of such amounts to each of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands
- 1 percent of such amounts to each of the remaining States
- 3 percent of such amounts to Tribal governments
- 50 percent of the remainder will go to States by total population
- 50 percent of the remainder will go to States by rural population
- 25% of funds apportioned to eligible entities must go to projects serving rural areas.
The match requirement for eligible entities will increase annually. In the case of a grant to a single entity:
- for fiscal year 2022, 10 percent;
- for fiscal year 2023, 20 percent
- for fiscal year 2024, 30 percent
- for fiscal year 2025, 40 percent
In the case of a grant to a multi-entity:
- for fiscal year 2022, no match is required
- for fiscal year 2023, 10 percent
- for fiscal year 2024, 20 percent
- for fiscal year 2025, 30 percent
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