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Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program

The Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program provides funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education with funds to establish or enhance capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. Developing local prevention capabilities is a key element of Goal 3 of the Strategic Framework to Counter Terrorism and Targeted Violence. The TVTP Grant Program provides assistance to implement that goal and develops innovative solutions to prevent terrorism and targeted violence.

FY2021 TVTP Grant Program

For Fiscal Year 2021, the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) assessed various gaps in the nation’s targeted violence and terrorism prevention capabilities. CP3 established the following FY2021 TVTP Grant Program priorities:

  • Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism
  • Enhancing Local Threat Assessment and Management Capabilities
  • Implementing Innovative Solutions for Preventing Targeted Violence and Terrorism
  • Challenging Online Violence Mobilization Narratives

Promising Practices

University of Southern California
Threat Assessment and Management Teams
$298,488.00
The University of Southern California will expand both its threat assessment and management training and services as well as its active shooter training program throughout the Keck Medical system. This will be accomplished through the creation of certified Threat Assessment Liaisons who are selected from key roles throughout the Keck Medical system to learn about threat assessment and management. Additionally, the Threat Assessment Liaisons and Threat Assessment Team will attend behavior-based threat assessment and targeted violence prevention training, verbal de-escalation training, and active shooter preparedness and response training. Ultimately, the University of Southern California will develop a threat assessment and active shooter prevention tool kit specific to the healthcare setting and that can be utilized by local and national healthcare systems. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the TVTP program priority of establishing local threat assessment and management capabilities.

The Mediation Center of The Coastal Empire, Inc
Raising Societal Awareness
$140,936.00
The Mediation Center will develop a curriculum based on the Department of Homeland Security’s Community Awareness Briefing (CAB) and Law Enforcement Awareness Briefing (LAB), localized for contextual relevance. The Mediation Center will deliver this training to 440 local community leaders and law enforcement personnel. Participants’ knowledge and awareness of these issues will increase after training and they will be equipped to train others, building local resiliency against targeted violence, terrorism, and radicalization. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Howell Township Police Athletic League, Inc:
Youth Resilience Programs
$85,000.00
Howell Township Police Athletic League (HPAL) will implement a comprehensive program to engage youth, youth development staff, teachers, and parents to build youth resilience against engagement in violent extremist ideologies, groups and activities. This will be accomplished by providing training and programming to a core group of middle and high school youth who will serve as advocates for inclusion and adoption of community-wide anti-bias values. Key adults from within the community will also participate in trainings on identifying youth who are vulnerable to recruitment by hate groups and violent extremists, or who have radicalized to violence. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Boise State University
Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical, Youth Resilience Programs Thinking Initiatives
$130,964.00
This project brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars from Boise State University and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights to develop a pilot program that builds an alternate reality game (ARG) that engages users in the democratic values underlying a number of historical markers and public exhibits in the State of Idaho. Building on the existing education program at the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Boise State University proposes to increase local individual resilience to recruitment narratives for hate and violence-based ideologies by strengthening the human rights educational outcomes and media literacy skills among 12–25-year-olds. Boise State University will also establish a Media Literacy Reference Desk that will be accessible to public and secondary education students. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority of implementing innovative solutions to preventing targeted violence and terrorism, while also achieving geographic diversity.

North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES)
Raising Societal Awareness, Civic Engagement, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Referral Services
$160,000.00
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services proposes to establish a local prevention framework across North Dakota by leveraging existing contacts within law enforcement and the public sector and training these key partners on the Department of Homeland Security’s existing LAB. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

County of Los Angeles
Recidivism Reduction & Integration
$200,000.00
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office proposes to establish the Reconciliation Education and Counseling Crimes of Hate Program (REACCH), an innovative public safety restorative justice probationary model. REACCH is offender-centric by focusing on counseling and anti-bias education; victim centric because it promotes victim reconciliation in a safe and controlled setting; and community centric by inviting community-based organizations to join in the development, facilitation, and implementation of an anti-bias education curriculum designed to reduce xenophobia. Ultimately, REACCH is a response to an unprecedented increase in hate crimes seen throughout the country, as well as an attempt to weave together the unparalleled tapestry of diversity in Los Angeles County. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve diversity of applicant type.

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Raising Societal Awareness
$100,000.00
The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) will design a local prevention framework aimed at awareness, identification, and reporting of radicalized behavior. GEMA/HS will focus its efforts on training law enforcement to ultimately distribute materials and engage with community partners such as correctional facilities, schools, and civic groups. These partnerships will build transparent and trusted relations among the whole of society and ultimately reduce risk, enhance resilience, ensure information sharing, and provide requested services. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Inc
Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives
$232,720.00
This project proposes a train-the-trainer professional development program for Volusia county’s secondary school educators to co-opt pedagogical tools and methods that challenge online violence mobilization narratives, increase awareness of violent extremist messaging and recruiting, and increase the capabilities of targeted populations to resist and counter messaging. Participants of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s train-the-trainer seminars will identify problematic online and media messages that could lead to radicalization to violent extremism, critically evaluate the problematic assumptions, data, or logic of those messages, and develop pedagogical strategies for teaching their own students to recognize and critically evaluate those messages. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve diversity of project type.

Global Peace Foundation
Raising Societal Awareness
$157,630.00
The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) will provide a series of in-person and digital train-the-trainer sessions community and faith leaders in Prince George’s County, Maryland on recognizing risk factors for radicalization to violence. On a larger scale, GPF will conduct outreach and engagement through existing relationships and social media to run a state-wide awareness campaign on the prevalence of this threat. The project builds on an extensive network of stakeholders and experience implementing similar projects to achieve local interest and capacity to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Upland Police Department
Raising Societal Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management Teams
$160,000.00
This project aims to provide police officers, public safety dispatchers, and public safety employees with an overview and understanding of domestic violent extremist groups. The eight-hour course will be accessible by California’s 100,000 + police officers and 6,500 dispatchers and has a goal of initially reaching 1,350 students. This course is designed for members of the public safety community to have a basic understanding of the history of violent domestic extremism, why it is a growing movement, and to recognize common tactics used when they are in contact with law enforcement. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to prevent domestic violent extremism.

Counter Extremism Project
Recidivism Reduction & Integration
$279,290.00
The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) aims to establish “The Radicalization, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Recidivism Network” by constructing a national ecosystem of at least 150 multiagency and multisectoral stakeholders to facilitate a whole-of-society approach to extremist offender reintegration and recidivism reduction in the U.S. To do so, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), will assemble key stakeholders involved in the extremist offender reintegration and recidivism reduction arena, enhance knowledge of best practices, connect professional practitioners with expertise in deradicalization-oriented programming, and establish a sustainable community of practice with cross-cutting relationships. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve diversity of project type.

Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Threat Assessment and Management Teams
$451,255.00
The Michigan State Police (MSP) Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC) will implement a statewide Fusion Liaison Officer program to provide training for law enforcement, first responders and private sector partners across the state and to enhance awareness and strengthen collaboration and information sharing. Additionally, Michigan State Police will establish a regional and multi-disciplinary threat assessment team to identify, assess, implement, and manage intervention and support strategies for individuals mobilizing to violence. This fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Music in Common
Youth Resilience Programs
$400,000.00
Music in Common’s Black Legacy Project aims to prevent targeted violence and terrorism by promoting social cohesion and integration through meaningful dialogue and sustained partnership between Americans across religious, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds and identities. The Black Legacy Project is an innovative musical collaboration that strengthens resistance to violent extremism by fusing music, multimedia, conflict transformation, and person to person dialogue and collaboration to foster a multi-generational exchange of perspectives. Throughout the project, participants will reimagine songs central to and centered around the Black American experience, write new songs that speak to modern day issues connected to racism, conduct live release events to share collaborative songs with the public, and hold virtual roundtables to discuss the impact of the program. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to implement innovative solutions to preventing targeted violence and terrorism and to achieve diversity of applicants in the arts and entertainment sector.

Middlebury’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism (CTEC) in collaboration with iThrive Games Foundation
Youth Resilience Programs, Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Type, Civic Engagement Thinking Initiatives
$629,533.00
This joint project from the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism and iThrive Games Foundation aims to create a novel, game-based curriculum that educates and empowers adolescents to become more aware and more resistant to radicalization, thus building resilience within their local networks. In addition, this project will build capacity at the high school and district level for P/CVE program administration. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to implement innovative solutions to preventing targeted violence and terrorism.

Search for Common Ground
Raising Social Awareness, Civic Engagement, Youth Resilience Programs, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$949,338.00
In Tarrant County, Texas., the STAR team will support religious leaders and other key stakeholders across civil society and government to collaboratively design and implement an evidence-based, whole-of-society local prevention framework. The STAR team will equip county leaders and residents to address violence by raising societal awareness, launching community-led initiatives, developing threat assessment and management teams, and supporting bystanders to prevent violence in Tarrant County. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and quality of program design.

District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Raising Societal Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management Teams
$735,600.00
The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will launch the Targeted Violence Prevention Center to proactively engage communities as trusted partners and increase communications addressing mobilization to violence by educating community members on risks and protective factors of violence. The Targeted Violence Prevention Center will unify violence prevention efforts and convene stakeholders engaged in threat assessments to automate reporting between different agencies, optimize case management, and record-keeping. The project will continue to expand its Mobilization to Violence Awareness Training to enhance the ability of local law enforcement, faith-based institutions, schools, and higher education institutions to recognize and report concerning behavior before it escalates to violence. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority and is selected based on merit and the quality of the application.

Los Angeles Police Department
Raising Societal Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management, Bystander Training Teams, Referral Services
$250,000.00
The program seeks to utilize risk assessment to identify and assess prospective individuals, address their specific needs, link them to appropriate services across agencies and community resources, as well as follow up contacts to determine if the interventions have reduced the risk of their reactivation on a trajectory or pathway to violence. Related training will support the objectives of a comprehensive approach to (1) raising awareness of radicalization to violence and (2) ensuring that targeted members of the Los Angeles region have the ability to act on their awareness training by knowing how to contact, and understand the role of, threat assessment and management teams. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority and is selected based on merit and the quality of the application.

Case Western Reserve University
Raising Social Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$530,000.00
The goals of this project are: (1) to increase societal awareness of risk factors and indicators of radicalization and targeted violence in small to midsize rural and suburban communities; (2) leverage innovative partnerships to address gaps in detection, reporting, and intervention of suspicious behavior; and (3) assess community capabilities and resources to identify opportunities to facilitate development of threat assessment and management services focused on potential extremism and radicalization To achieve those goals, this project establishes an interconnected continuum of processes and relationships anchored by the creation of a Regional Violent Extremism Specialist position at the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center (NEORFC) and leveraging the unique partnership between the Case Western University Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and the NEORFC. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority and is selected based on merit, diversity, innovation, and the quality of the application.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Raising Societal Awareness, Civic Engagement, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$714,850.00
To establish, expand, and enhance local targeted violence and terrorism prevention frameworks in Virginia through enhanced communication with and training for the broader community as well as development of community behavioral threat assessment management teams and training for law enforcement and citizens. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority and is selected based on merit and the quality of the application.

City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security (MOPSHS) Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking, Civic Engagement, Youth Resilience Programs, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$603,855.00
The City of Houston will use this grant to reengage our community partners to form a coalition that will share information, assess threats, and be a resource to the community. The City will work with the Texas Educational Service Center to develop a curriculum to educate students about radicalization to violence, media literacy, and bias. These same programs will be changed for the after-school context at community centers and places where teens gather. Then the project team will create an outreach program for teachers and parents—using a whole of-society approach—informing them of what to do when they see radicalization happening. These efforts will be integrated with other prevention programs already underway in our city. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority and is selected based on merit, diversity, and the quality of the application.

Tuesdays Children
Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives, Civic Engagement, Youth Resilience Programs
$598,421.00
Tuesday’s Children will enhance local and regional prevention frameworks by building resilience, common bonds and long-term healing in families and communities impacted by and at risk for radicalization to terrorism and targeted violence. To accomplish this, Tuesday’s Children will leverage an evidence-based Long-Term Healing Model, TuesdaysChildrenHeals.org online toolkit for community resilience, and the peacebuilding initiative “Project COMMON BOND” to promote peer-to-peer support. amplify survivor narratives and share best practices and lessons learned in community-based disaster preparedness, response and recovery. This project will also build the capacity of community and civic leaders, service providers, public and private sector stakeholders, academic institutions, volunteers and activists to prepare resilient responses to mass-scale and targeted violence, including mass shootings and domestic terrorism. Additionally, a combination of professional forums, speaker series, train-the-trainer sessions, virtual programming, public education campaigns, and conflict resolution programming for youth will enhance critical thinking and civic engagement among communities at-risk for and recovering from terrorism and targeted violence. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority of preventing domestic violent extremism and was also selected based on merit, diversity, and the quality of the application.

The University of Texas at El Paso
Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives, Civic Engagement, Youth Resilience Programs, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Referral Services
$750,000.00
The University of Texas at El Paso proposes to prevent terrorism and targeted violence through education, outreach, and community capacity building aimed at identifying and deterring radicalization, reducing the short-term and long-term impacts of violence, and preventing its re-occurrence of terrorism. This project includes a Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Symposium Series, capacity building trainings for professionals and community members, a Peer2Peer educator program, a youth leadership program, town hall meetings, a civic engagement day, media campaigns, implementation of a referral services system, and health promotion fairs. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and the panel noted the strength of the project’s focus on a public health approach to violence prevention.

The Regents of the University of Colorado
Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives, Civic Engagement, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training, Referral Services
$1,183,411.00
The University of Colorado Boulder’s (CU) Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) will partner with the university’s police department (CUPD) to strengthen the local framework for preventing targeted violence and terrorism on campus and in the community. The project will reduce risk and enhance protective factors for targeted violence and radicalization to terrorism by educating and empowering citizens to report concerns (e.g., training, social media) and by building the local capacity to address those concerns through investigation, threat assessment, and threat management. The five main goals for the project include: (1) enhancing community awareness of warning signs; (2) enhancing community engagement in violence prevention; (3) increasing awareness of and training on bystander reporting and response; (4) enhancing threat assessment and management capabilities; and (5) developing and implementing two strategies to support threat identification, referral, and case management. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria.

University of Hawaii
Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$780,671.00
The University of Hawaii, West Oʻahu intends to create and build Behavior Intervention and Threat Assessment Teams (BITATs) and a bystander intervention program designed specifically for the needs of the diverse population, culture and environment of Hawaii. Additionally, training programs, ongoing collaboration, networking with other teams, and programming to help encourage the community to safely intervene, when necessary, will build a “spider’s web” of threat assessment and capacity that stretches across the state. Building, strengthening and supporting BITATs within schools, along with localized bystander intervention programming that promotes the sharing of information and positive intervention within the community, will serve as the basis for the catalyst that propels the state threat assessment efforts forward. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity and the panel review noted the expertise of the applicant and the strength of the program design.

Jeffco Deangelis Foundation
Raising Societal Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training
$565,600.00
The Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety will partner with Nicoletti Flater Associates to bring violence prevention training and consultation to the state of Colorado. This project proposes to provide awareness training to professionals and community members of the risk factors for and the protective factors against radicalization to violence. Additionally, the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety will train professionals and community members who serve as the most likely detectors and disruptors on developing multi-disciplinary threat assessment and management teams and provide education on the variety of community resources available for addressing risk factors. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training, Referral Services, Recidivism Reduction & Reintegration
$750,000.00
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), in partnership with Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network (SEFBHN) and 211 HELPLINE, proposes to expand the Palm Beach County School and Community Violence Prevention Project (PBC Project). The PBC Project is a direct response to the rising rate of school and community mass violence incidents through which a formalized task force has been established; enhanced collaboration among criminal justice, behavioral health, school district, and other, essential community stakeholders has been realized; increased access to critical community resources has been provided; and opportunities for community awareness around identification of persons at risk have increased. This project will increase the PBC Project’s current capacity by expanding threat assessment capabilities, incorporating bystander training, fortifying referral services, and increasing access to recidivism reduction programs. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois - Chicago
Raising Societal Awareness, Youth Resilience Programs, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training, Recidivism Reduction & Reintegration
$846,851.00
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s program focuses on reducing the risk for future violence for youth and young adults who are either convicted of crimes related to TVT, at- risk for involvement in TVT, or vulnerable to involvement due in part to mental health or psychosocial problems. It does so through engaging mental health and psychosocial specialists, other frontline practitioners, and lay adult and youth gatekeepers. This project entails; 1) training & capacity building for mental health and psychosocial specialists, other frontline practitioners, and organizational leaders in TVT prevention and care; 2) implementing the CARE bystander engagement intervention, and; 3) mobilizing youth and caregivers to strengthen protective factors in youth. These projects will ultimately contribute to a public health framework for targeted violence and terrorism prevention in Illinois. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

California Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative
Raising Societal Awareness, Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives, Threat Assessment and Management Teams
$1,060,924.00
The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (Bay Area UASI) assists high threat urban areas to prevent terrorism and build community resilience. The Bay Area UASI seeks to expand current FY20 projects to additional high schools, faith-based organizations, and counties, and to expand local targeted violence and terrorism prevention frameworks by broadening services to whole community stakeholders, while adding new and innovative strategies. In doing so, the Bay Area UASI will strive to raise awareness of threats and prevention strategies, provide lines of communication to report what is observed, help communities and threat assessment teams effectively assess information received, and connect those at risk with resources to mitigate their current situation. As an USAI organization, the applicant fulfills the grant program priority to achieve diversity in eligible applicant type.

Missouri State University
Civic Engagement, Youth Resiliency Programs
$645,775.00
Missouri State University will implement Fuse, a comprehensive campaign that prevents and protects against radicalization to white supremacist violent extremism through education, bystander empowerment, and community support. Fuse aims to strengthen protective factors again radicalization to violence through an informational podcast, an online training toolkit, and a conversational card game. These initiatives encourage university students to engage in meaningful conversations on difficult topics and form connections with peers. Fuse counters the “Us vs. Them” mentality by providing tools for individuals to identify and minimize their biases and raise awareness of “othering” tendencies. Additionally, online and in-person training resources will build protective measures like digital literacy and provide tools for parents, peers, and mentors of at-risk individuals to become informed and engaged bystanders. This applicant fulfills the grant program priority of implementing innovative solutions to targeted violence and terrorism prevention, while also achieving geographic diversity

Innovation

Cure Violence Global
$749,974.00
This project will interrupt violence in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on Portland, Oregon. The project aims to prevent violence from both far left and far right extremist populations, combining Cure Violence Global’s (CVG) “epidemic playbook” with sophisticated and targeted data analytics. The approach is based on CVG’s proven health approach to violence prevention. The project includes a suite of online and offline activities and will work with community leaders and credible messengers in Portland and in at-risk exurban areas in the Pacific Northwest to increase understanding of the contagious nature of violence and radicalization to violence, enhance community resilience to radicalization to violence, decrease violent extremist recruitment, mitigate the spread of violence, and establish a sustainable local prevention framework that is scalable and replicable. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

Arizona State University – McCain Institute
$710,451.00
Parents must understand the threat of targeted violence and terrorism and know where to turn for help for their youth. To meet this need, this project will build a campaign site that educates parents, caregivers, and concerned adults on how the internet can be used to target and recruit youth into extremist movements and empower them to protect their children from harmful content. The program will amplify access to a directory of vetted service providers so that concerned adults may connect individuals with risk factors to local resources. Arizona State University’s McCain Institute is also an FY20 grantee whose current program seeks to develop a nationwide network of prevention practitioners. Their FY21 application is appropriately distinct from their FY20 program, while building on the foundation that that program has established. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills TVTP program priorities.

Boston Children’s Hospital
$480,780.00
The primary goal of this project is to build capacity of mental health practitioners (MHPs) to assess and manage risk for targeted violence and terrorism in collaboration with local multidisciplinary threat assessment teams through: (1) the development of a clinically useful risk assessment/management tool; and (2) tool training and consultation for community-based MHPs across the country, in collaboration with the DHS-funded McCain Institute’s Prevention Practitioners Network. This initiative will (1) develop a semi-structured, patient-centered approach to assessing strengths/needs; (2) offer concrete guidance on modifications to the assessment based on age, gender, and cultural background; (3) directly link assessment results to treatment planning and intervention; and (4) build in a systematic re-evaluation process for managing and responding to risk that is informed by an evidence-based treatment framework. Boston Children’s Hospital is also an FY20 grantee whose FY20 program aims to develop a local prevention framework in Massachusetts that targets the reduction of mental health problems and an increase in social belongingness among adolescents. Their FY21 application is reasonably distinct from this program. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills TVTP program priorities.

Life After Hate
$684,781.00
White supremacist prison gangs are the fastest-growing segment of the white supremacist movement in the U.S. and directly threaten the Department of Homeland Security’s goal to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. This applicant seeks to define the foundational elements of a successful local prevention framework that would provide comprehensive support for these individuals. Proposed project includes: enhanced outreach to build awareness of available pre- and post-release support available in correctional facilities; implementing risk assessments to create tailored release plans for individuals with risk factors for violent white supremacist extremism targeted violence and terrorism; providing direct pre- and post-release support to these individuals looking to disengage and/or de-radicalize; and conducting a pioneering local prevention framework training to enhance local capacity to identify and respond to individuals at risk of mobilizing to violence. Life After Hate is also an FY20 grantee whose FY20 program seeks to provide intervention and aftercare services for individuals with risk factors for violent white supremacy and for individuals seeking disengagement, de-radicalization and re-integration assistance from this ideology. Life After Hate’s FY20 program does not work with prison populations and as such their FY21 application is reasonably distinct from their FY20 program. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills TVTP program priorities.

Teachers College, Columbia University
$748,277.00
Project addresses the gap in professional development for high school and college educators in countering biases as a method to mitigate risks and amplify protective factors against targeted violence and the radicalization of students in U.S. classrooms. Project aims to (1) better understand which risk and protective factors increase or mitigate a student’s pathway to radicalization and targeted violence; (2) inform how educators can accelerate or arrest radicalization; and (3) improve ways of countering biased behaviors and speech in educational institutions as a protective strategy against the radicalization of students. Applicants propose to demonstrate how non-inclusive pedagogies and curricula can instigate educational displacement, isolation, and othering. The team will launch a multi-module professional training program for educators to help prevent and interrupt radicalization in U.S. schools. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills TVTP program priorities.

University of Nebraska, Omaha, NCITE
$715,102.00
Program proposes multi-pronged approach to improve terrorism and targeted violence (TTV) tips reporting. Program will combine real-world online tips reporting data in Sarpy County, Nebraska, focus groups with threat assessment team members locally, regionally, and nationally, and lab-based studies to understand gaps in the current TTV tips reporting framework. The proposed innovation project will then create and test an intelligent chatbot for TTV tips reporting that can be used either as a stand-alone tool or be integrated into existing tips reporting platforms. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills the grant program priority to achieve geographic diversity.

One World Strong Foundation
$749,300.00
Program will create the One World Online Resilience Center (OWORC) which will serve as a one-stop shop for local terrorism prevention and victim services. One World will use its existing resources and those provided by partner organizations to create this online support ecosystem that features terrorism prevention materials, terrorism victims’ services, and shareable content from survivors and former extremists that will bolster resilience among local communities and undermine domestic violent extremist (DVE) narratives. One World will create a virtual repository of terrorism prevention resources for stakeholders and assess the effectiveness of counter-messaging content featuring the perspectives of terrorist attack survivors and former extremists. Platform will bring together victim services and terrorism prevention resources with an emphasis on local prevention. Applicant was selected based on merit criteria and fulfills TVTP program priorities.

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
$770,222.00
Citizens Crime Commission’s “Signals” project aims to reach these isolated individuals who are at risk of radicalization to violence with effective, tailored online outreach that offers online and offline resources to disengage from extremist content through long-term, sustained behavioral change. The uniqueness of the Signals project is threefold. First, Citizens Crime Commission will use carefully tailored online ads that appeal to the psychosocial drivers behind mobilization to violence that are geographically concentrated in areas of need, as determined by publicly available, per-capita concentration of at-risk search traffic. Second, the program will reach individuals seeking help for loved ones online and equip them with appropriate online and offline resources. Third, the program will utilize data on online search traffic to develop accompanying on the ground outreach campaigns, capacity building, and trainings for mental health workers. This applicant was selected based on merit criteria and the panel review noted the applicant’s expertise in threat assessment and management capabilities, as well as the strengths of their online and offline resources for individuals at risk of mobilization or radicalization to violence.

Additional resources can be found on the OTVTP FY21 Grants Resources page.

FY2020 TVTP Grant Program

For Fiscal Year 2020, DHS assessed various gaps in the nation’s targeted violence and terrorism prevention capabilities. DHS established the following FY2020 TVTP Grant Program priorities:

  • Establishing and Enhancing Local Prevention Frameworks with an Emphasis on Threat Assessment and Management Capabilities
  • Preventing Domestic Terrorism
  • Developing Innovative Solutions for Preventing Targeted Violence and Terrorism

Through a competitive process, DHS selected 29 projects that best met the competitive scoring criteria and selection factors utilizing the $10 million available this year. These projects will have activities in at least 15 states and D.C. organized in three application tracks.

Local Prevention Framework

Boston Children’s Hospital

Youth Resilience, Civic Engagement, Threat Assessment and Management Team, Recidivism Reduction and Reintegration

$749,995

Boston Children’s Hospital will develop the Massachusetts Area Prevention(MAP) framework that will target the reduction of mental health problems and increase the social belongingness among adolescents through a multipronged, evidence-informed, and community-based program This proposal builds on the trauma and resilience work currently based out of Boston Children’s Hospital and on the existing capacity of the MassBay Threat Assessment Team.

Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative

Training and Awareness, Youth Resilience Programs, Threat Assessment and Management Team

$830,242

The Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) proposes a multi-faceted approach to prevent targeted violence in schools and houses of worship in the 12 counties and three major cities that comprise the Bay Area UASI. The project follows a building-block approach, is a blend of in-person and online training, organizational enhancements, and technologies meant to standardize threat assessments to prevent targeted violence and enhance the resiliency of 55 high schools and 100 houses of worship.

Chatham County, GA

Threat Assessment and Management Team, Hotline

$430,000

Chatham County will establish a coordinated Homeland Security Program inclusive of a county-wide multi-disciplinary threat assessment and management network which will utilize standardized protocols regarding violent crime, increase awareness and competencies through multi-jurisdictional training sessions, and increase community-based efforts and awareness to encourage reporting threats.

County of Bexar, TX

Training and Awareness, Civic Engagement, Youth Resilience Programs, Bystander Training

$175,613

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office plans to implement a local prevention framework that focuses on community engagement with law enforcement to enhance resilience to individuals mobilizing to violence. The Sheriff’s Office will also enhance trainings for service providers, other law enforcement agencies, and the general public in identifying individuals with risk factors for targeted violence and increase outreach efforts to enhance protective factors for local youth, utilizing partnerships with local service providers.

Hawaii Department of Defense

Threat Assessment and Management Team

$302,169

The Hawaii Department of Defense proposes to expand Threat Team Oahu (TTO), a collaborative platform developed in 2017 that assesses risks of targeted violence. The TTO analyzes the unique factors in each case, and accesses and leverages an effective combination of multidisciplinary capabilities to address and mitigate the potential for targeted violence. The threat team assessment funded by this initiative will continue to expand TTO to the neighbor islands, bringing together the collaborative efforts of law enforcement, mental health, and human services professionals to address the threat of violence in communities.

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security

Bystander Training

$250,000

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will enhance two existing counterterrorism and public safety trainings with existing TVTP training made available by DHS, the Law Enforcement Awareness briefing (LAB) and Bystander Training. Training audiences include first responders, school safety personnel, and middle, high, and college students who will receive the information alongside information about their school safety tip line.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Youth Resilience, Threat Assessment and Management Team, Bystander Training, Hotline

$524,547

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency proposes to advance threat assessment and management practices and increase awareness and utilization of bystander trainings and hotlines within Southwestern Pennsylvania through a comprehensive pilot program. The panel noted the strong program design of the regional threat assessment hub approach and the strong support from various state offices.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Training and Awareness, Recidivism Reduction and Reintegration, Preventing Targeted Violence, Preventing Domestic Terrorism, Online to Offline Intervention

$225,692

The Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance proposes to expand an existing program for individuals who have committed a hate/extremist crime or have risk factors for targeted violence and terrorism. The proposal includes a private facilitated museum experiences, meetings with “credible messengers”, and goal-setting and facilitation and coaching with reintegration professionals.

The Citizens Crime Commission on New York City

Threat Assessment and Management Team, Recidivism Reduction and Reintegration

$741,878

The Citizens Crime Commission proposes to pilot a long-term intervention and recidivism reduction capability building upon previous testing of various intervention models. The project would receive referrals and provide services to individuals and organizations in the New York City area.

University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Training and Awareness, Civic Engagement, Threat Assessment and Management Teams, Bystander Training

$491,865

The University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology proposes to expand the Colorado model by increasing the capacity of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative (CRC). The CRC will provide training and educational resources on threat assessment and prevention of targeted violence, facilitate expert consultation and networking events for professionals and organizations, and develop an online resource library to promote sustainable training and technical assistance materials for the prevention of targeted violence.

University of Central Oklahoma

Youth Resilience Programs

$657,281

The University of Central Oklahoma proposes to utilize a series of class modules that address prejudice in pre-K and elementary schools throughout the state. The module will assess the effectiveness of early interruption on the evolution of violence. The project will also evaluate the impact of the training in urban, rural, and suburban areas. The project is adapted from a prior Peer-2-Peer: Challenging Extremism contest winner.

Utah Department of Public Safety

$205,850

Training and Awareness, Threat Assessment and Management Team

The Utah Department of Public Safety proposes a framework that will provide training and awareness to public safety and community leaders, enhance multidisciplinary threat assessment and management teams, and implement a statewide process for threat assessment teams to document and share threat assessments and management information.

Replication

Case Western Reserve University

Training and Awareness

$184,981

The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University will work with the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center (NEORFC) to provide training to identify and report violent extremism in rural areas and create a local, scalable threat assessment tool specific to the rural communities of Northeast Ohio.

District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Training and Awareness

$150,000

The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA) will provide mobilization to violence awareness training to schools, faith-based institutions, higher education institutions, and local law enforcement agencies. The DC HSEMA will stand up a Task Force to review and revise training materials to meet local needs and provide standard operating procedures for a sustainable program. Local training will inform community members on how to identify and report individuals or groups mobilizing to violence and provide local resources for outreach and referrals.

Florida International University Police Department

Threat Assessment and Management Team

$7,001

The Florida International University Police Department (FIUPD) will provide the Advanced Violence Risk Assessment Certification Course for the entire department to help standardize and professionalize their threat assessment and management case process. The training will enhance the engagement tools of FIUPD that will help build community trust and relationships and provide resources to network across stakeholders through training, awareness programs, education, and other community resource points.

Greenlight Project, Inc. - The Counter Extremism Project

Recidivism Reduction and Reintegration

$277,755

Greenlight Project, Inc. will enhance the capacity of an in-community reentry and recidivism reduction initiative at the Donovan Correctional Facility. Greenlight Project, Inc. will design and deliver curriculum to individuals of terrorism-related offenses prior to release or individuals vulnerable to the risk factors of radicalizing to violence, and also provide post-release support programming. The project will also help identify important risk and protective factors that might inform further recidivism reduction and reintegration programs nationally.

Muflehun

Bystander Training

$77,025

Muflehun, with support and commitment from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), will utilize existing training developed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority under the FY16 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program. The training for bystanders and gatekeepers: Communities Acting to Refer and Engage (CARE), will be piloted online for select community leaders. Training will be customized to each community leader and their local referral networks with the assistance of AJC’s 22 U.S. regional offices.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Police Department

Youth Resilience Program

$28,994

The Lighthorse Police Department (LHP) will host a youth police academy and launch a youth mentoring program that will help implement a day-to-day trust and engagement strategy with youth community members. The LHP proposal fulfils the diversity of applicant criteria, as the DHS CVE and TVTP have yet to award a tribal authority with funds.

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Threat Assessment and Management Team

$149,985

The New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) will provide train-the-trainer awareness briefings and threat assessment and case management to staff leaders, who can train all security and hospital employees in threat assessment, mental health first aid, and targeted violence awareness trainings. NYP will also create a threat assessment and management team to accept case referrals from hospital staff and help mitigate potential threats of targeted violence and terrorism.

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Threat Assessment and Management Team

$164,850

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES), with commitment and support form the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), will enhance the development of the Rochester Threat Advisory Committee (ROCTAC) throughout Upstate New York. The ROCTAC will manage information flow for situations where the risk to violence is assessed to be imminent or the cluster of risk factors and warning signs commonly associated with elevated risks for targeted violence are present, and provide information coordination to the necessary community leaders, including mental health professionals, community outreach partners, law enforcement agencies, human resources, schools and school districts, and further supported by the various federal, state, and local authorities and public outreach centers.

Operation250: Prevention Through Education

Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking

$121,278

Operation250 will implement an online safety workshop for teachers and students in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to increase the resilience of young individuals online to violent extremist material. The workshop is skills-based learning program that addresses student decision-making online, risk-inducing online behaviors, in- and out-group attitudes, and critical problem-solving capabilities.

Philadelphia Police Department

Training and Awareness

$43,300

The Philadelphia Police Department will conduct training and outreach with their Fusion Liaison Officers to identify violent extremism indicators as well as behavioral indicators of targeted violence. Training and awareness programs will focus exclusively on the tactics, techniques, and procedures of domestic terrorist groups known to operate in Philadelphia and any emerging violent risks.

The National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices

Preventing Targeted Violence

$435,000

The National Governors Association (NGA) will assist states and territories in adopting comprehensive, data-driven approaches to prevention by assisting those authorities with the implementation of replicative, locally-based prevention framework programming. NGA will conduct a policy academy in five states, which will help identify, develop, and implement essential prevention programming. This proposal builds upon NGA’s FY16 CVE grant with additional outreach to different states that will provide a library of performance metrics, key indicators, lessons learned, and a messaging toolkit that can be adapted nationwide.

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Training and Awareness

$149,882

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will onboard and dedicate Tribal Public Safety Department Captains to raise awareness of targeted violence and terrorism prevention issues on the Reservation. The dedicated Captains will receive train-the-trainer programs and provide addition training to Tribal members and employees through Community Awareness Briefings (CABs) in both English and Spanish.

Xavier University

Training and Awareness

$124,817

Xavier University Police Department, in conjunction with Norwood Police Department and Cincinnati Police Department, will provide training and awareness programs to community partners to help identify individuals radicalizing to violence, encourage community resilience against the mobilization to violence, and help to enhance or establish programming to develop protective factors in youth communities.

Innovation

American University

Preventing Domestic Terrorism

$568,613

The School of Communication at American University will define and describe the growing threat of violent white supremacist extremist disinformation, evaluate attitudinal inoculation as a strategy for communication to combat the threat, and develop a suite of operational tools for use by practitioners and stakeholders. With commitment and support from Google Jigsaw, American University will develop evidence-based methods for undermining the persuasive appeal of disinformation-based messaging and facilitate on- and offline inoculation campaigns.

Arizona State University

Sector Engagement

$433,141

The AZ Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University, under the McCain Institute, will work with local prevention and intervention practitioners to assist in conducting outreach across the mental and behavioral health sectors to grow prevention and intervention referral networks. The McCain Institute will develop a framework for referral program designs that will feature resources and recommendations to build upon existing or new prevention referral networks.

Life After Hate Inc.

Online to Offline Intervention

$749,996

Life After Hate, in collaboration with and support from Moonshot CVE, will uniquely provide program management to target individuals online to disengage from violence, further support their deradicalization from violent extremist movements, and sustain their ability to reintegrate from violent extremist lifestyles. Life After Hate programming fulfills the priorities of combating the threat of domestic terrorism and mobilizing threat assessment and management teams through evidence-based disengagement and demobilization tools.

Muflehun

Preventing Domestic Terrorism, Preventing Targeted Violence

$748,250

The Muflehun Community Resilience Early Warning System (CREWS) will create a data-driven vulnerability risk map to help inform local-level, whole-of-society prevention frameworks of gaps in non-criminal justice sectors in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. CREWS will work with State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) authorities and other community stakeholders to recommend budget allocation and programming priorities along with other prevention network essentials, all supported by letters of recommendation from federal, state, and local officials and letters of commitment from local organizations.

FY2016 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program

The TVTP Grant program is an evolution of the FY16 CVE Grant Program. DHS has identified lessons learned and promising practices from that program to guide the TVTP Grant Program. Please visit the CVE Grants page for more information on that program.

Last Published Date: September 28, 2021

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