New York State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)
As part of 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 funds to be awarded to states and territories. This funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is allocated to the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for all states and territories on an annual basis. There are a total of four program years for these program funds, with the first iteration beginning in Fiscal Year 2022 and the final year ending in Fiscal Year 2025.
The funding through this federal program is awarded to each state to help eligible entities address cybersecurity risks and threats to information systems owned or operated by state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, which has remained a consistent national and State priority.
As part of the requirements of the program, each state establishes a committee, develops a cybersecurity plan specific to the grant program, and determines how each year’s funding is used to increase cyber maturity across the state.
Year 1 funding (FY2022) will be provided in the form of three statewide cybersecurity shared service offerings.
The following are links to the Cybersecurity Grant Plan and an Interest Form for the three shared service offerings:
Please note the deadline to submit the Interest Form is April 5, 2024.
Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
The HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8) by supporting the development and sustainment of core capabilities to fulfill the National Preparedness Goal (NPG). The following are descriptions of each HSGP component programs.
HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs:
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
The SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets set in Urban Area, State, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs). The capability targets are established during the THIRA process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. At least 25% of SHSP funding must be utilized to support law enforcement terrorism prevention activities in the state. In addition, 80% of the funding must be passed through to county homeland security agencies within New York State to support their overall preparedness efforts. All counties in New York State receive SHSP funding.
DHSES has developed and manages a total of seven Targeted Grants, which are funded through the local-share (80%) of SHSP grant funds:
- Bomb Squad Initiative
- Haz-Mat Grant Program
- Critical Infrastructure Grant Program
- Cyber Security Grant Program
- Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program
- Tactical Team Grant Program
- Technical Rescue & Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
The UASI program fund addresses the unique risk-driven and capabilities-based planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas based on the capability targets identified during the THIRA process and associated assessment efforts; and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Funding through this program is limited to Urban Areas that are designated by DHS/FEMA based on risk. For New York State, this includes the New York City area.
Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)
OPSG funds are intended to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States' borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in States bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders. Funding for this program is available to the 12 counties, and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which are located on New York State’s northern border with Canada.
The application period for FY2021 HSGP funding is closed.
Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)
The NSGP provides funding for physical and cybersecurity enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit (501 c3) organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack.
NSGP funding is awarded under two funding sources: NSGP-Urban Area (UA), for eligible organizations located within UASI areas (the New York City area) and NSGP-State (S), for eligible organizations located outside designated UASI areas.
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)
The EMPG provides funding for State and local governments to enhance and sustain all-hazards emergency preparedness. Funding is passed-through to every county in the State and New York City, and is distributed on a population-share basis. In FY 2020, The EMPG COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S) became available to assist State and local governments with emergency management activities specifically in support of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The application period for FY2021 EMPG funding is closed.
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP)
The HMEP is made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and provides funding and guidance for planning and training activities related to improving State and local preparedness for emergencies involving the transportation of hazardous materials.
FY2023-2024 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program
Through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program, DHSES is re-affirming its commitment to regional HazMat preparedness capabilities in New York State by making approximately $304,000 in non-competitive grant funding available to HazMat Regions and the City of New York to enhance preparedness for emergencies involving the transportation of hazardous materials. In this austere budget era, working collaboratively on a regional basis is even more critical, and counties must apply for funding in regional partnerships aligned with the HazMat regions to maximize the impact of these limited funds. The City of New York is considered to be a HazMat region for the purposes of the HMEP Grant Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by DHSES.
Eligible Applicants: Established HazMat Regions and New York City.
The application deadline is September 19, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.