The MassCyberCenter has announced a new grant program to help build up municipal defenses against cybersecurity threats: the Cyber Resilient Massachusetts Grant Program.

Municipalities are eligible to receive grants of up to $25,000 to fund narrowly focused cybersecurity technology upgrades that will be identified through a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment.

A total of $1.4 million is available for these grants, which may fund capital equipment, technology and infrastructure for cybersecurity improvement projects, including vendors/contractors or IT-related staff costs of the municipality performing the upgrades.

Details and the notice of funding opportunity are available online.

Improvements that may be funded under the Municipal Local Cybersecurity Grant Program are not eligible to be funded under the Cyber Resilient Massachusetts Grant Program.

The MassCyberCenter will begin reviewing applications on July 1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date and will then be reviewed quarterly.

An informational webinar will be held on May 23 at noon. (register online)