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DHS Unveils Federal Assistance Program to Empower Local Communities Against Violent Extremism

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security will invest $10 million in a federal assistance program that seeks to provide local communities with resources to help counter violent extremism.

DHS said Wednesday the Countering Violent Extremism grant program for fiscal 2016 was developed to help empower state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions to lead initiatives to address terrorist threats.

“This new grant program is an important step forward in these efforts and reflects the department’s continued commitment to protect the homeland and uphold our values,” said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

DHS’ office for community partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency developed the program to support training, community engagements and other strategies against violent extremist narratives that are used to radicalize and recruit people.

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