Cybersecurity is a priority for supply chain resilience, strengthening national security, protecting intellectual property, and ensuring manufacturer continuity.

We recognize the high costs of a commitment to cybersecurity by removing hurdles in funding and knowledge to improve your cyber readiness.  Eligible manufacturers may be awarded up to $25,000 to reimburse documented expenditures of contractual services, infrastructure costs (software/hardware), and other approved costs directly related to cybersecurity implementation and monitoring. Approximately 50 awards will be made in this pilot program. Award amounts will be no more than 50% of the company’s documented expenditures.  A cyber assessment must be completed to qualify and applications must be submitted prior to March 31st 2023.  Expenses incurred between Oct 2022 and May 31 2023 are eligible under this program.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • The company must be primarily engaged in the manufacturing and related R&D/Engineering identified by NAICS codes as validated by Dunn & Bradstreet.
  • The company must employ 5 to 250 by establishment in Illinois.
  • Funded projects must be conducted for Illinois manufacturing establishments.
  • Recipients must provide evidence of a documented gap assessment related to the NIST and/or CMMC standards
Vouchers can be used to:
  • Defray costs related to improving cybersecurity progress tied to an assessment of gaps toward achieving the NIST 800-171 or CMMC standards.
  • Eligible expenses include consulting services, hardware/software, and supplies.
Vouchers cannot be used for ordinary and necessary business expenses or any of the following:
  • Expenditures that are related to cybersecurity but not specifically needed to achieve the NIST 800-171 or CMMC standards.
  • Any expenditure of time by in-house personnel of the applicant.
  • IMEC services.
  • General marketing or sales activities.
  • General business advice, consulting, or basic professional services.
  • Costs associated with applying for grants and programs.
  • Entertainment or hospitality costs.