State and Local Cyber Security Grant Program (SLCGP)

Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, Congress established the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act, which established the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP), appropriating $1 billion nationwide to be awarded over four years. In FY 2022, $183.5 million is available nationwide under the SLCGP, with varying funding amounts allocated over four years from the IIJA.

Montana will receive a funding allocation as determined by the statutory formula. Eighty percent of total state allocations must support local governments, while 25% of the total state allocations must support rural areas/jurisdictions; these amounts may overlap.

Montana was awarded $2,427,866 for first year funding (FY22) with Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (MT DES) being the State Administrative Agency (SAA).

Program Objectives

The FY2022 SLCGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides the following objectives that the state is required to address with FY22 SLCGP funding:

  • Objective 1: Develop and establish appropriate governance structures, including developing, implementing, or revising cybersecurity plans, to improve capabilities to respond to cybersecurity incidents and ensure continuity of operations.
  • Objective 2: Understand their current cybersecurity posture and areas for improvement based on continuous testing, evaluation, and structured assessments.
  • Objective 3: Implement security protections to reduce risk.
  • Objective 4: Ensure organization personnel are appropriately trained in cybersecurity, commensurate with responsibility.

 Priorities

The following activities are statutorily required as part of the FY2022 SLCGP:

  • Establish a Cybersecurity Planning Committee;
  • Develop a state-wide Cybersecurity Plan, unless the recipient already has a state-wide Cybersecurity Plan and uses the funds to implement or revise a state-wide Cybersecurity Plan;
  • Conduct assessment and evaluations as the basis for individual projects throughout the life of the program; and
  • Adopt key cybersecurity best practices.

 Cybersecurity Planning Committee

Montana established the Montana Cybersecurity Planning Committee and adopted the committee charter on November 14, 2022.  The committee is responsible for the following:

  • Developing, implementing, and revising the State Cybersecurity Plan (including projects)
  • Formally approving the Cybersecurity Plan
  • Assisting with determination of effective funding priorities

The Committee Charter can be found in the resources page.

 Cybersecurity Plan

On November 28, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the 2022-2024 State of Montana Cybersecurity Plan.

 The plan can be found in the SLCGP resources page

Grant Guidance

Additional information can be found in the Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity in the resources page. 

MT DES will publish State Guidance upon review and approval by the Cybersecurity Planning Committee. Date to be determined.

How to Apply for the FY 2022 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP):

The FY 2022 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant application period is July 16, 2024 – September 13, 2024. Late submittals will not be accepted.  Applications must be submitted in the AmpliFund grant management system no later than 11:55 PM on September 13, 2024.

Eligible applicants including counties, cities, towns, school districts, and special districts may only request funding for cybersecurity projects identified by the Cybersecurity Planning Committee. Guidance and detailed program information can be found in the Grant Program Resources section below.

To access the AmpliFund application page, use this dedicated link:  FY 2022 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Application Page

Applicants who are currently registered with an AmpliFund user account will log in using their existing account. Only applicants who have never been in the AmpliFund system before need to register for an account.

 

State and Local Cyber Security Grant Program Resources