Cybersecurity Improvements Assistance

The Cybersecurity Implementation Grant Program is a new program utilizing budgeted funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to support cybersecurity improvements to drinking water and wastewater systems. Specifically, grant money is available to develop and implement programs to proactively mitigate the risk of cybersecurity attacks on drinking water and/or wastewater systems. Learn more by visiting the Water System Security webpage.

Program Information & Eligibility

  • Drinking Water – Community Public Drinking Water systems serving a minimum of 500 people, excluding privately owned redistribution systems.
  • Wastewater – Municipal wastewater systems regulated with a NPDES permit or Groundwater Discharge Permit.

Up to $50,000 of grant funding is available per drinking water or wastewater system to implement recommendations from a cybersecurity assessment. Maximum grant amount per applicant is $100,000 for a combined drinking water and wastewater system.

Free Cybersecurity Assessments

NHDES has only budgeted ARPA funds to this program for systems that have completed an approved cybersecurity assessment. Cybersecurity assessments must have been completed within two years of the grant application submittal date and must be submitted along with the application.

If you have not already completed a cybersecurity assessment, the EPA and CISA are offering the following FREE assessments for drinking water and wastewater systems:

EPA has contracted the services of Horsley Witten Group to facilitate free cybersecurity assessments and technical assistance to drinking water and wastewater systems. For more information and registration, please visit the EPA Cybersecurity Assessment Flyer. For any additional questions please contact:

Gemma Kite, PE
Senior Environmental Engineer
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
Office: 508-833-6600 | Email: gkite@horsleywitten.com

DHS CISA is available to help drinking water and wastewater systems improve resiliency against cyber threats. CISA cybersecurity assessments are a free resource. If your system is interested in an assessment, please review the DHS CISA assessments and contact Rick Rossi at richard.rossi@cisa.dhs.gov. For any additional questions please contact:

Richard F. Rossi
Cybersecurity Advisor – New Hampshire
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mobile: 202-770-8991 | Email: richard.rossi@cisa.dhs.gov

How to Apply

Completed applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2022.

ARPA Cybersecurity Implementation Grant Application

Please read this additional guidance to assist in determining project eligibility.

Applications may be emailed to stephanie.nistico@des.nh.gov.

Questions? Contact:

Drinking Water
Stephanie Nistico
Stephanie.Nistico@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-0867

Wastewater
Jennifer Brady
Jennifer.Brady@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-0734

Additional Resources