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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.

*****NEW: The FY2020 Grant Program is accepting applications until June 17, 2020*****

(Note: On May 15, 2020, DHS extended the application deadline from May 29th to June 17th, 2020)

FY2020 TVTP Grant Program

On March 30, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY20 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program. Congress provided $10 million in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-93) for this grant program in December. DHS has designed the program to implement the objectives of Goal 3 of its Strategic Framework to Counter Terrorism and Targeted Violence:

  • Strengthen societal resistance against the drivers of violent extremism and ensure broad awareness of the threat of terrorism and targeted violence.
  • Counter terrorists and violent extremists’ influence online.
  • Develop prevention frameworks with SLTT partners to enhance their ability to identify and respond to individuals at risk of mobilizing to violence.
  • Develop and implement recidivism reduction programming to address individuals convicted of crimes related to terrorism and targeted violence.

State, local, tribal, and territorial governments (including agencies and departments of those governments), nonprofits, and institutions of higher education are eligible to submit competitive proposals to assist in developing a nationwide prevention framework to combat targeted violence and terrorism. This goal requires a multi-year, whole-of-society effort, including financial assistance and other support by DHS. The TVTP Grant Program’s priorities for FY20 are:

  • 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

This program builds of the promising practices and lessons learned documented in the FY16 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program. There are several major changes from the earlier program including:

  • Enhanced project performance measures
  • Expansion to prevention of targeted violence
  • Dedicated innovation application track
  • Detailed description of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections

Prevention capabilities allowable under this program are separate and distinct from any counterterrorism, intelligence, and surveillance activities by any local, state, or federal agencies and offices with explicit legal authority to conduct such activities. Preventing targeted violence and terrorism involves locally-based training, engagement, education, social services, mental and public health services, and alternative messaging to communities on a voluntary basis. DHS is prohibited from collecting or using personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals who participate in prevention activities of its grantees.

The application period opened on Monday, March 30, 2020 and closes on Wednesday June 17, 2020. Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2020 when the funding expires. DHS anticipates this to be the first year of a multi-year program. The DHS Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request includes $20 million for the TVTP Grant Program and additional funding to support other TVTP efforts in various DHS offices and components.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found here:

Interested applicants may email with any questions; our goal is to respond within 2-3 business days.

OTVTP maintains a library of TVTP Grant Program Resources for use in developing and completing an application under the FY 2020 TVTP Grant Program. Interested Applicants will find the Fiscal Year 2016 Countering Violent Extremism: Preliminary Report on Programmatic Performance particularly useful, as it documents a series of promising practices and lessons learned that have gone into the design on the FY 2020 TVTP Grant Program.

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: May 20, 2020

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