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DHS Countering Violent Extremism Grants

After careful review, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has approved grant awards as part of the congressionally established Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program. The awards will advance America’s capacity to counter terrorist recruitment and radicalization in the United States through community-driven solutions.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award 26 grants -- totaling $10 million for two years of programming -- to organizations that will work to improve the security of our communities and prevent terrorism. Grantees were selected in part because of their potential to support law enforcement and other frontline defenders, to demonstrate programmatic effectiveness, and to use taxpayer resources efficiently to create independently sustainable programs. Grants were approved for local law enforcement agencies, state and local government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations.

DHS received nearly 200 applications, from 40 states and territories and the District of Columbia, including 106 non-university non-profits, 60 state and local government organizations, and 31 universities.


  • In December 2015, Congress appropriated $10 million for the Department of Homeland Security to award grants to state and local governments, universities and non-profit organizations in order to assist local communities in their own efforts to counter violent extremism.
  • These grants are the first of their kind in the United States, and as DHS oversees and evaluates the performance of each grant, we will broaden our understanding of how to best advance DHS’s terrorism prevention mission, especially in light of the uptick in homegrown terrorist activity.
  • The grants are structured around five focus areas: developing community resilience to violent extremism recruitment; training for, and engagement with, local partners tackling the challenge of violent extremism; support for programs that intervene in the radicalization process to “off-ramp” potentially radicalized individuals; challenging extremists’ narratives; and building the capacity of local partners to sustainably address issues related to violent extremism.
  • Awardees are required to affirm acceptance of the grants and agree to terms and conditions, such as providing performance data.

Awardees by Category and Areas Served

Developing Resilience

  • Heartland Democracy Center: $423,340 (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment: $445,110 (Nashville, TN)
  • Peace Catalyst International: $95,000 (nationwide)
  • Police Foundation: $484,835 (Boston, MA)
  • Seattle Police Department: $409,390 (Seattle, WA)
  • Tuesday’s Children: $386,670 (nationwide)

Training and Engagement

  • City of Arlington Police Department: $47,497 (Arlington, TX)
  • City of Dearborn Police Department: $51,521 (Dearborn, MI)
  • City of Houston Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security: $500,000 (Houston, TX)
  • Denver Police Department: $481,313 (Denver, CO)
  • Global Peace Foundation: $453,497 (statewide, NJ)
  • Hennepin County Sheriff's Office: $347,600 (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: $187,877 (statewide, IL)
  • National Consortium for Advanced Policing: $200,000 (nationwide)
  • National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices: $500,000 (nationwide)
  • Nebraska Emergency Management Agency: $300,000 (Lincoln, NE)

Managing Interventions

  • Alameda County Sheriff’s Office: $499,125 (Alameda, CA)
  • City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety: $425,000 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc.: $500,000 (Houston, TX)
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: $500,000 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security: $500,000 (statewide, MA)

Challenging the Narrative

  • America Abroad Media: $647,546 (nationwide)
  • Masjid Muhammad, Inc.: $531,195 (nationwide)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: $149,955 (statewide, NY)

Building Capacity

  • The Counter Extremism Project: $298,760 (nationwide)
  • University of San Diego: $634,769 (San Diego, CA)

The Notice of Funding Opportunity for this program can be found at

Last Published Date: June 23, 2017

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