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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Rural and Municipal Utility; Cybersecurity (RMUC); Advanced Cybersecurity Technology (ACT) 

  • Agency:  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Deadlines:  Preapplication by 1/10/2024; Full applications by 4/24/2024 (Note: Pre-Application required to be eligible for submission of full application).
  • Grant Amount:   Topic Area 1: up to $2M; Topic Area 2: Up to $3M; Topic Area 3: up to $2M
  • Available Funding:  $70M
  • Number of Anticipated Awards: 30
  • Match Required:  Topic 1: up to $105,263; Topic Area 2: up to $157,895; Topic Area 3: n/a
  • Eligibility (location of project and entity):  Topic Area 1: Rural electric cooperatives; utilities owned by a political subdivision of a State, such as a municipality owned electric utility; those owned by any agency, authority, corporation, or instrumentality of one or more political submissions of a State; Investor-owned electronic utilities that sell less than 4,000,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year.Topic Areas 2 and 3: all those listed until Topic Area 1, but also including Not-for-profit entities that are in partnership with no fewer than 6 entities described under Topic Area 1.

Purpose of Funding (fields of work and funding uses):  To invest in American manufacturing and workers; expand access to energy efficiency and clean energy; deliver secure, reliable, clean, affordable power to more Americans; and demonstrate and deploy the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy demonstration.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is divided into two documents; applicants are required to comply with both:

  • Rural and Municipal Utility Advanced Cybersecurity Gant and Technical Assistance (RMUC)
  • Advanced Cybersecurity Technologies (ACT)

This Funding Opportunity (FOA) has three Topic Areas, which are described in more detail beginning on page 10 of the FOA # DE-FOA-0002986 located at:

Topic Area 1: Advanced Cybersecurity Technologies (ACT) for Distribution, Generation, and Transmission Utilities.

Topic Area 2: Strengthening the Peer-to-Peer and Not-for-Profit Technical Assistance Ecosystem.

Topic Area 3: Increasing Access to Technical Assistance and Training for Utilities with Limited Cybersecurity Resources.

BIL Section 40124: Rural and Municipal Utility Advanced Cybersecurity Grant and Technical Assistance (RMUC) provides eligible entities with financial and technical assistance support to improve their cybersecurity posture.  BIL Section 40124 is focused on:

  • Deploying advanced cybersecurity technologies for electric utility systems, in which the

term ‘‘advanced cybersecurity technology’’ means “any technology, operational capability, or service, including computer hardware, software, or a related asset, that enhances security posture of electric utilities through improvements in the ability to protect against, detect, respond to, or recover from a cybersecurity threat; and,

  • Increasing the participation of eligible entities in cybersecurity threat information sharing programs.

BIL Section 40126 Advanced Cybersecurity Technology (ACT).   Although not required as part of the initial application, applicants selected for award negotiations must submit a cybersecurity plan to DOE prior to receiving funds. Plans are intended to foster a cybersecurity-by-design approach for BIL efforts.

Cybersecurity Plan guidance:

Additional Eligibility:  Section 40124 RMUC: entity that is determined by DOE that has: a) limited cybersecurity resources; b) owns assets critical to the reliability of the bulk power system; or, c) owns defense critical electric infrastructure.

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