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Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Training Pilot for Underserved Communities

Contracts for Services to USA Nonprofits for
Workforce Training for Underserved Communities

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

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08/25/21 11:59 PM ET


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Contracts for services to USA nonprofit organizations for workforce training for underserved communities. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to bolster the cyberspace security industry by supporting providers that create or enhance existing entry-level training and apprenticeship programs.

Program Priorities:

  • Participants are selected from underserved communities
  • Participants complete a NICE Framework-mapped cybersecurity training curriculum
  • Participants are competitive and selected for apprenticeships
  • Participants are competitive and selected for entry-level cybersecurity jobs
  • Applicant reaches participants and employers in one or more CISA regions
  • Applicant provides a sharable NICE Framework-mapped training curriculum
  • Applicant submits proof of concept with recommendations to replicate on larger scale

CDET seeks to award a new cooperative agreement for a pilot titled “Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Training Pilot for Underserved Communities” in fiscal year 2021. The activities contemplated in this agreement advance CISA’s mission as defined in authorities within the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, specifically as it relates to providing shared situational awareness to enable real-time, integrated, and operational actions across the Federal Government and non-Federal entities to address cybersecurity risks and incidents. The activities contemplated in the agreement directly support the Department of Homeland Security mission areas to safeguard and secure cyberspace. This cooperative agreement seeks to fund applicants to develop a scalable and replicable proof of concept that can respond to cyber eco-system challenges.

This cooperative agreement also seeks to leverage the unrealized cybersecurity talent of underserved communities through established or emerging non-traditional technical training providers that create or enhance existing entry-level training and apprenticeship programs. Additionally, to optimize and expand existing cybersecurity training and apprenticeship programs, the development and implementation of a comprehensive cybersecurity pathways retention strategy to address apprenticeship-to-placement engagement, is needed. Expanding apprenticeships helps the Federal government, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities, as well as, traditional employers with their current and future workforce needs.

Program Objectives can be found on page 5 of the NOFO. See Attached Files below.

Information about eligible participants for the Pilot Program can be found on page 7 of the NOFO. See Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197771

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approx. $1,000,000 per award

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 36 months
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2021
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2024


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-traditional technical training providers (NTTPs) are entities that actively provide cybersecurity training, internships, apprenticeships, and/or other hands-on exposure to meets the dynamic needs the cybersecurity workplace. Eligible non-traditional technical training providers applying for this cooperative agreement must be nonprofit organizations.

Eligible non-traditional technical training providers applying for this cooperative agreement must be nonprofit organizations. Eligible participants served through this cooperative agreement program must be at least 17 years old. Among the individuals eligible to receive training, those of interest include individuals from underserved communities seeking full-time employment into entry-level skilled cybersecurity positions.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: 07/13/2021
b. Application Submission Deadline: 08/25/2021 at 11:59:59 PM ET
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than 09/17/2021
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than 09/24/2021

Other key dates:
- Obtaining DUNS Number: 07/06/2021
- Obtaining a valid EIN: 07/06/2021
- Updating SAM registration: 07/06/2021
- Starting application in 07/26/2021

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information.

There is no cost share requirement for this program. There is no preference factor if an applicant voluntarily shares or matches costs.

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