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State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)

  • Granting Agency: State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Appropriation Amount: $2,245,130
  • Grant Amount:  Variable
  • Announcement Date: July 19, 2023
  • Closing Date: August 31, 2023

Our nation faces unprecedented cybersecurity risks, including increasingly sophisticated adversaries, widespread vulnerabilities in commonly used hardware and software, and broad dependencies on network technologies for the day-to-day operation of critical infrastructure. Cyber risk management is further complicated by the ability of malicious actors to operate remotely, linkages between cyber and physical systems, and the difficulty of reducing vulnerabilities. Strengthening cybersecurity practices and the resilience of state and local governments is a vital homeland security mission and the primary focus of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). The SCLGP is a reimbursable, federally funded pass-through grant program to assist local and tribal with managing and reducing systematic cyber risk.

The SCLGP is a reimbursable, federally funded pass-through grant program to assist local and tribal with managing and reducing systematic cyber risk. Must ensure at least 80% is passed through to local governements  As  part of the local governement pass through requirement, 25% must be pass through to rural areas.  Per the Homeland Security Act of 2002, a rural area is defined in 49 U.S.C. § 5302 as an area encompassing a population of less than 50,000 people that has not been designated in the most recent decennial census as an “urbanized area” by the Secretary of Commerce.

Read the SLCGP State Overview and Guidelines

Funding Priorities:

For the FY2022 SLCGP, the State of Alaska has established the following priorities:

  1. Cybersecurity Risk Assessment
  2. Enhancing cybersecurity resilience and interoperability.
  3. Foster a cybersecurity culture.
  4. Enhance cybersecurity collaboration and partnerships.
  5. Improve cybersecurity incident management and response capabilities.

Requested projects must align with at least one of the above-listed priorities.

Allowable Costs and Activities:

Requested projects must strengthen state and local cybersecurity preparedness by focusing on cybersecurity measures to help manage state and local risk and enhance Alaska’s cybersecurity position. The requested project MUST: • Close gaps and strengthen capabilities identified in the applicants’ cybersecurity risk assessment. • Align with the Alaska Cybersecurity Plan • Align with at least one FY2022 SLCGP the State of Alaska priorities.

Eligible applicants:

Eligible applicants for this program must meet the definition of local government found in 2 CFR Part 200.64 or a tribal government found in 2 CFR Part 200.54. AND:

The jurisdiction must comply with the standards, regulations, and requirements applicable to subrecipients receiving pass-through subawards found in 2 CFR Part 200—Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards ( 200&r=PART&ty=HTML) Financial and program management standards in 2 CFR include but ARE NOT limited to: requirements of jurisdictional financial management systems, established internal controls, procurement standards procedures for determining costs, property management standards, acceptance of audit applicability, programmatic and financial reporting requirements, and record-keeping requirements.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: Applicant must have a completed cybersecurity risk assessment or request funds to do an assessment. The requested projects must align with closing gaps and/or strengthening capabilities in the agency’s cybersecurity risk assessment.

If you feel your jurisdiction needs help meeting any of the grant requirements, please contact DHS&EM for State Managed grant options.