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Statement by Secretary Jeh Johnson Announcing First Round of DHS's Countering Violent Extremism Grants

Release Date: 
January 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

In 2016, Congress answered our call for federal grants, awarded and administered by the Department of Homeland Security, to support local efforts to counter violent extremism. Today, I am pleased to announce the first round of awards of these grants.

A total of 31 proposals, from various organizations in multiple communities, have been accepted to receive some part of the $10 million appropriated by Congress last year. The funding will go for activities that include intervention, developing resilience, challenging the narrative, and building capacity. The organizations approved for grants include local governments, universities, and non-profit organizations, in locations across the country such as Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Detroit, Nebraska, Houston, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and New York City. Among the awardees are organizations devoted specifically to countering ISIL’s recruitment efforts in our homeland, and Life After Hate, an organization devoted to the rehabilitation of former neo-Nazis and other domestic extremists in this country.

In this age of self-radicalization and terrorist-inspired acts of violence, domestic-based efforts to counter violent extremism have become a homeland security imperative. And, I know from visiting numerous communities across this country that very often the best efforts to counter violent extremism are local, tailored to a particular community. My hope is that Congress will continue to fund this type of grant activity in the future. Again, this is a homeland security imperative.

Awardees by Category and Areas Served

Developing Resilience

  • Police Foundation - $463,185 (Boston)
  • Ka Joog Nonprofit Organization – $499,998 (Minneapolis)
  • Heartland Democracy Center – $165,435 (Minneapolis)
  • Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities - $500,000 (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • Tuesday’s Children - $147,154 (Nationwide)
  • Music in Common - $159,000 (Nationwide)
  • Peace Catalyst International, INC - $95,000 (Nationwide)
  • Coptic Orthodox Charities - $150,000 (Nationwide)

Training and Engagement

  • City of Houston, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security - $400,000 (Houston)
  • City of Arlington, Police - $47,497 (Arlington, TX)
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority - $187,877 (Illinois)
  • Global Peace Foundation - $150,000 (New Jersey)
  • Nebraska Emergency Management Agency - $300,000 (Nebraska)
  • City of Dearborn Police Department - $51,521 (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety - $400,000 (Los Angeles)
  • Denver Police Department - $240,000 (Denver)
  • National Consortium for Advanced Policing - $200,000 (Nationwide)

Managing Interventions

  • City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety - $425,000 (Los Angeles)
  • Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. - $400,000 (Houston)
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - $425,000 (Las Vegas)
  • Life After Hate Inc. - $400,000 (Nationwide)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation - $393,800 (Nationwide)

Challenging the Narrative

  • Project Help Nevada, Inc. - $150,000 (Reno, Nev.)
  • Unity Productions Foundation - $396,585 (Nationwide)
  • America Abroad Media - $647,546 (Nationwide)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology - $149,955 (Nationwide)
  • Masjid Muhammad, Inc. - $450,000 (Nationwide)
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - $866,687 (Nationwide)
  • Muslim American Leadership Alliance - $40,000 (Nationwide)

Building Capacity

  • Counter Extremism Project - $298,760 (New York)
  • Claremont School of Theology - $800,000 (Los Angeles)

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Last Published Date: January 13, 2017
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