Federal and State grant funding is available to help state and local governments enhance cybersecurity for their systems and services.

Cybersecurity Grant Program

The federal government created the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program to provide funding over the next four years to help state and local governments:

  • Address cybersecurity risks
  • Strengthen cybersecurity of critical infrastructure
  • Ensure resilience against persistent cyber threats to services governments provide their communities

Commonwealth agencies began planning in 2022 in anticipation of receiving the Notice of Funding Opportunity months before its release and had formed an initial Cybersecurity Planning Committee, led by the Commonwealth’s Chief Information Security Officer. The Cybersecurity Planning Committee will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity plan meets requirements
  • Providing the framework to improve capabilities to respond to cybersecurity incidents
  • Ensuring continuity of operations for government entities providing services to the residents of the Commonwealth

2022 Federal Award

The federal government has allocated about $185 million in funding, with up to $5.2 million for Pennsylvania.

The focus of funding will be on continuing and expanding the cybersecurity prevention tools and services already in place throughout the Commonwealth. These prevention tools and services include:

  • Intrusion detection systems placed on government networks and monitored 24/7 to identify intrusion attacks, alert key personnel, and report nationally on coordinated cyberattacks
  • Employee training on how to prevent cyber system breaches and phishing, and penetration testing services

Currently, these services are made available to county governments through an expiring election security grant. Feedback from the counties taking advantage of these services has been positive, and the Commonwealth has received requests to expand the services to school districts and municipal and city governments.

Federal Awards 2023-25

Local governments will be able to apply to the Commonwealth to participate in cybersecurity projects identified by the committee. We will provide you with more information on how to apply at a later date. Local governments cannot apply directly to the federal government for funding.

Additional information regarding grant opportunities will be made available following federal approval of the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity plan.

For more information

Contact Deputy Director Kristin Daniels to discuss the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program at or by telephone at 717-346-4460.