Application Period Now Open for State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The Department of Homeland Security launched the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) last year, with an allocation of $185 million. This year, an increased funding provision of $374.9 million has been announced. EMS and 911 leadership are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their state offices to leverage this funding opportunity.

The SLCGP is uniquely designed for state governments, although local and territorial entities can work with their state counterparts to benefit from the available funds. Cyberattacks pose one of the greatest threats to the nation, and EMS and 911 agencies are particularly susceptible to these attacks. EMS agencies collect and store personal identifiable information, making them vulnerable to sensitive information theft. As 911 PSAPs are the critical link to deploying emergency response personnel, they are at risk of cyberattacks geared to impede the delivery of their essential services.

State applicants may propose to use the 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. Applications are due on October 6. Learn more about the program here. Find the notice of funding opportunity and apply for a grant here.