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Circumventing Terrorism - The Countering Violent Extremism Grants Program

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The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant is a new, first-of-its-kind grant to fund programs that focus on preventing terrorism. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, funding will be provided to help communities and individuals within them become resilient to radicalization attempts. According to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, “Given the nature of the evolving terrorist threat, building bridges to local communities is as important as any of our other homeland security missions. This new grant program is an important step forward in these efforts and reflects the Department’s continued commitment to protect the homeland and uphold our values." The program focuses on 5 key areas:


Five Focus Areas for the CVE Grants Program

  • Developing Resilience – Qualifying activities included culturally sensitive mental health programs, job training for those at risk, and educational outreach.
  • Training Key Community Members – Funding may be used to train community members in how to interact with individuals who are at risk.
  • Managing Intervention Activities – “Off ramps” will attempt to provide at-risk individuals with options other than extremism. Positive diversions include needs assessment, social services, mental health care and faith based programs.
  • Countering the Narrative – Institutional and individual leaders can both counter extremist narratives and create competing narratives as alternatives.
  • Building the Capacity of Community-Based Organizations Active in CVE – DHS will fund technical and programmatic support.

Applying for the Countering Violent Extremism Grant

State and local government, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofits and institutes of higher education may apply for the first three focus areas. Only nonprofits and institutions of higher education are invited to apply for challenging the narrative and capacity building focus areas. Applicants are required to either have an existing CVE program or sufficient expertise to create and administer one. The NOFA gives further eligibility guidance. A total of $10 million will be awarded to approximately 60 applicants. Matching is not required. The deadline to apply is September 6, 2016. A Frequently Asked Questions page is provided.


Further Resources for Countering Violent Extremism

Since this is a new grant, examples of successful models specifically for this program do not exist yet. However, we have gathered links to other organizations who are active in countering violent extremism. From the FBI’s website aimed at educating teenagers about online dangers to grassroots organizations run by teens themselves, click the button below for further information on the subject.



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