State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)
Helping state and local governments address cyberthreats and risks.
In September 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) governments across the US. Due to a lack of resources, these entities face unique challenges in defending against constantly changing threats such as ransomware.
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, appropriating $1 billion to be awarded over four years.
What is it?
- Aiming to improve the security of critical infrastructure and resilience of community services, this four-year, $1 billion program enables DHS to make targeted cybersecurity investments in SLTT government agencies nationwide.
- A designated State Administrative Agency (SAA) can apply as one entity or as part of a multi-entity group project.
- $185M available in FY22, with allocations set for each state and territory
- $400M in FY23, $300M in FY24, and $100M in FY25
- SAA must meet a 10% non-federal cost share requirement; cost share or cost match is not required for multi-entity group projects
- SAA must pass through at least 80% of funds awarded to local units of gov’t
- 25% of total state allocations must support rural entities
Key dates and requirements
Sept. 16, 2022: Grant opportunity
- Registration is required to apply and can take 4+ weeks to complete
- Cybersecurity Plan prepared for application, including vulnerability management, prioritization, and critical infrastructure protection
- 2+ SAAs may apply for joint projects, but must submit separate applications
How Zscaler can help
More than 300 public sector organizations trust Zscaler as the first StateRAMP authorized cloud security platform. Our zero trust experts help agencies navigate legislative requirements and opportunities such as Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, and we stand ready to help secure your state’s allocation of the SLCGP. Our experts can:
Consult on your Cybersecurity Plan, mapping zero trust solutions to funding requirements
Provide zero trust architecture solution language for the application process
Educate stakeholders on zero trust architecture
Map out a multi-year transition to zero trust architecture with our public sector solution architects
Customize a cost–benefit analysis for your agency with our business value team
Conduct a cyber risk assessment to identify high-priority risks and vulnerabilities
Securely transforming your organization
Public sector agencies are under pressure to quickly secure the nation’s critical infrastructure while improving citizen services. Zscaler provides the tools needed to shift to a direct-to-cloud zero trust architecture that provides secure, always-on access anywhere. StateRAMP authorized and trusted by hundreds of public sector organizations, Zscaler protects government agencies from cyberattacks and data loss with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange™.