State & Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)

About the Program

The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) provides funding to eligible entities to address cybersecurity risks and threats to information systems owned or operated by, or on behalf of, state, local, or tribal governments. The program is designed to allocate resources where it is needed most: at the local level.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) collaboratively manage the program under the guidance of Maine’s SLCGP Planning Committee. As the State Administrative Agency (SAA), MEMA is responsible for applying for this grant on the state’s behalf.

History of Maine's Participation in the SLCGP

As required by the Fiscal Year 2022 grant, Maine established a Cybersecurity Planning Committee that coordinated, developed, and approved a strategic Cybersecurity Plan. This plan will guide the development of cybersecurity capabilities across Maine in the coming years. Most importantly, this plan will enable Maine to receive subsequent allocations of federal funding to implement its goals and individual projects in communities across the state.

Stakeholder input is an integral component of the SLCGP and is included in Maine’s approach. To collect local government input and inform Maine’s SLCGP approach and programmatic offerings, a survey was distributed to municipalities, counties, and school districts in 2023. The SLCGP Planning Committee is committed to providing opportunities to stakeholders to inform decision-making and resource allocation.

About the Plan

The State of Maine Cybersecurity Plan has been approved by FEMA and CISA and represents Maine’s continued commitment to strengthening cybersecurity. This Plan fulfills Maine’s requirements under the SLCGP, enabling Maine’s participation in this first-of-its-kind national program. This Plan describes the State of Maine’s approach to providing local governments with the opportunity to participate in shared cybersecurity services and resources. The priorities and objectives contained in this Plan focus on improving the cybersecurity posture of local government organizations by assisting in managing and reducing systemic cyber risk. 

Vision: A cyber-resilient Maine that realizes the opportunities afforded by technological innovation and balances the cybersecurity protections necessary to safeguard its data and critical infrastructure.

This vision is guided by the following principles:

Build and leverage partnerships

Focus on building relationships with partners across Maine and maintaining open lines of communication with critical infrastructure sector leads to ensure a coordinated approach to implementing SLCGP initiatives.

Reduce barriers

Strive to understand what barriers organizations face in implementing cybersecurity best practices and identify collective approaches to overcome them.

Increase resiliency

Build capability and capacity at the organizational level to ensure the impact of these cybersecurity initiatives is enduring and sustainable.

SLCGP Planning Committee Members

The SLCGP Planning Committee serves as a representative voice for local input and includes representation from state, county, and local government, public education, public health, public safety, emergency communications, election infrastructure, the judicial system, public critical infrastructure, and the Maine National Guard.

For More Information

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