National Cyber Security Awareness

To provide funding for outreach, education, and technical assistance in order to raise public awareness of cybersecurity awareness nationally.

To empower and support citizens to use the Internet securely and safely, protecting themselves and the cyber infrastructure.

To educate key stakeholder
communities about cybersecurity issues as well as provide tools and resources to enhance cybersecurity awareness.

Outreach and technical assistance may take several forms, such as: the provision of written information; maintaining a website; development of cybersecurity awareness collateral; establishment and maintenance of metrics to measure effectiveness of awareness efforts; and development of seminars, workshops or training sessions.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: Initial planning and material development for NCSAM 2012. Fiscal Year 2013: Execution of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2012. Raise profile of NCSAM and increase media presence and overall national awareness. Increase number of stakeholders and industry members involved in the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign and broaden the reach to International audience. Improve overall social media outreach and presence. Develope improved materials and collateral in support of the Campaign. Fiscal Year 2014: Increase media attention of NCSAM 2013. Assist in planning and execution of NCSAM 2013 events. Enhance the Campaign s reach and continue increasing industry involvement. Continue international expansion.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions.

DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the cooperative agreement, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award.

Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings.

In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity.

Refer to funding opportunity announcement.

See above.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See above.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See above.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 121.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to the funding opportunity announcement.


Not Applicable.


Refer to the funding opportunity announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to the funding opportunity announcement. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Annual Lump sum (Period of Performance will be two years comprised on 2-12 month budget periods). Applicants will be making draw downs through the HHS-Payment Management System in accordance with the Cash Management Improvement Act.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days af