The Department of Homeland Security is providing $56,000,000.00 of grant money to states for cybersecurity and security awareness training.
This funding will allow states, counties, federally funded non-profit organizations, school districts and other municipal organizations to put new-school Security Awareness Training in place to help keep organizations safe and users engaged, especially now when so many employees are working from home.
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[DEADLINE] The Application Must be Completed by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 30, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for 3 grant programs that allots funding down to the state level for various key initiatives. The Homeland Security Program Grant assists state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism and includes 4 National priorities that must be funded using these allotments.
Enhancing cybersecurity (which also covers election security) is deemed one of these priorities and requires that states receiving these funds use 5% (or more) of that allotment towards cyber security related programs. Applications must be completed by April 30th and will require an Investment Justification (IJ) that will need to be approved by DHS/FEMA. DHS recommends requesting funds 15% over needed allocation as IJ’s deemed ineffective will not be funded.
Tips For Creating an Effective Investment Justification
- Required national priority investment justifications must include the name of the priority in the investment name for easy identification.
- Within each investment in their IJ, applicants must propose at least one project to describe the activities they plan to implement with SHSP funds. There is no limit to the number of projects that may be submitted.
- Of the proposed SHSP-funded investments, one project in each of the required Cybersecurity and Soft Targets/Crowded Places investments must be in support of enhancing election security.
Applicants must be compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines prior to award and belong to Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
Full details available via FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1583442273016-07cbcf9445f9fda3cdc5bf8439ec72c9/FY_2020_HSGP_NOFO_FINAL_508ML4.pdf
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact your state’s State Administrative Agency (SAA), whose contact information can be found in this list: https://www.knowbe4.com/hubfs/State%20Administrative%20Agency-ContactsFinal-March2020-508.pdf
- Application Start Date: February 14, 2020
- Application Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than 7/1/2020
- Anticipated Award Date: No later than 9/30/2020
These are the allocation breakdowns by Grant/State for the SHSP Grant:
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