Grant to Counter Violent Extremism Awarded to NEMA
(LINCOLN, NEB.) — A $300,000 grant for countering violent extremism through training and engagement was awarded to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency by the Department of Homeland Security.
“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,” said Secretary Jeh Johnson on announcing the first round of Countering Violent Extremism Grants.
A total of 31 proposals, from various organizations in multiple communities will 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. NEMA was the only emergency management agency to receive a grant.
In Nebraska, the grant will identify barriers that keep peers or family members from reporting potential signs of radicalization using a public-health approach. The countering violent extremism project will be used in rural or small to mid-sized city public health departments. In addition to identifying barriers to reporting, the program will develop strategies to address them. Other goals include increasing awareness of observable behaviors associated with the process of radicalization and enhancing the connection between state level threat assessment resources and local trusted resources receiving reports.
NEMA and University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will lead and manage the project. Other state participants include Nebraska State Patrol’s Fusion Center, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska Department of Education. Local public health efforts are led by Two Rivers Public Health Department which serves seven counties in rural Nebraska.
“We feel very fortunate to receive this grant as there is currently not a public health led violent extremism prevention effort in place,” said Bryan Tuma, NEMA assistant director. “Increased engagement in the community will promote increased knowledge of how to counter violent extremism and hopefully result in increased reporting. Knowing what to look for and who to report it to are good first steps toward countering violent extremism.”
Nationwide, 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, 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,” Johnson said. “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
· 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)
· 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)
· Counter Extremism Project - $298,760 (New York)
· Claremont School of Theology - $800,000 (Los Angeles)