MNIT Launches Cybersecurity Plan to Distribute $23.5 Million in Grants to State and Local Government

September 18, 2023

Each entity interested in applying for a cybersecurity grant must first complete a survey.

Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the Minnesota Cybersecurity Task Force recently launched the Whole-of-State Cybersecurity Plan that will implement the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). Cities are encouraged to consider participating in this advantageous grant program.

The first step is to complete the Minnesota Whole-of-State survey for SLCGP participants. MNIT will use the survey information to better shape and deliver cybersecurity services for the plan and will be in contact with interested organizations as services are available.

Cybersecurity grant program background

In the fall of 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). This grant program is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) through the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act (IIJA).

The Whole-of-State Cybersecurity Plan is a collaborative initiative designed to ensure security best practices and ultimately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of Minnesota information systems. The plan will support how Minnesota embraces new and emerging technologies while navigating the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

The SLCGP funding is provided by:

  • $18 million in federal funds was allocated to Minnesota through the SLCGP.
  • $5.5 million in state match funds from the Minnesota Legislature.

At least 80% of funding will go directly to programming and 25% is designated for rural areas where resources are fewer.

Program goals

This funding will drive toward four goals:

  1. Help local governments, tribal nations, and school organizations acquire the tools and resources they need to enhance their existing baseline cybersecurity capabilities. It will also support them with real security experts available through an expanded Cyber Navigator Program. Cyber Navigators are security experts who are allocated 100% to help participants.
  2. Expand the use of advanced cybersecurity detection and defensive tools and capabilities to join all of Minnesota in a cybersecurity chain with a set of solid links that will form a barrier for the safety of all Minnesotans. Our joint statewide team will have no weak links when we are done.
  3. Expand threat intelligence analysis and collaboration throughout Minnesota by partnering with security organizations at the federal, state, local, and private industry levels to quickly share security intelligence in a way that helps organizations respond.
  4. Bring security products, services, and resources to critical infrastructure through strategic partnerships.


All state and local government entities are eligible to participate in the SLCGP, including:

  • A county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, regional or interstate government entity, or agency or instrumentality of a local government.
  • Authorized tribal governments and organizations.
  • A rural community, unincorporated town or village, or other public entity.

How to get involved

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