Small Business Administration offers $3 million in grants to help companies strengthen cybersecurity


Recognizing the need to help improve the cybersecurity infrastructure of emerging small businesses across the United States, the Small Business Administration announced grants to help businesses prepare.

Casillas Guzman, head of the SBA, said the agency began on Jan. 21 offering $3 million in grants to state governments to compete to support these businesses by providing assistance, education and training in cybersecurity. This is a priority of the Biden administration outlined in the recently signed infrastructure law.

Applications will be accepted January 26 through March 3 through the SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development.

Louise Dawson, director of the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center, said eligible SBA grant applicants are state governments looking to provide tailored cybersecurity training, advice, remediation and other services. to emerging small businesses in several sectors. Recipients will receive up to $1 million to help small businesses.

“This program will allow state governments to expand existing services, innovate, adapt to current environments, develop new resources, and scale solutions to help more small businesses. Expanding access to underserved and underrepresented small business ecosystems will be a critical marker of success,” said Mark Madrid, SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development.

State government entities interested in the SBA grant program will need to complete an application, but at that point, Dawson said we’ll have to wait and see who applies for that training or funding. Check SBA Cybersecurity Site.

Dawson observed that although there is not much information available at this time on this federal program, more will come in the days to come. Here is the application form, details and requirements for “Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot” (funding opportunity number SB-OEDCS-22-001/CSFA 59.079).

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