U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant Awarded to Counter Violent Extremism
A $300,000 grant for countering violent extremism through training and engagement was awarded to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) by the Department of Homeland Security. A total of 31 proposals, from various organizations in multiple communities will receive some part of the $10 million appropriated by Congress last year.
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.