Grant Opportunity: Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP)

Another terrorism focused grant program.

(Wednesday, March 24th)

I have always said that "events" in the form of disasters have a way of influencing grant funding. January 6, 2021 was just such an event.

There is an office that has existed since 2019 that has been established within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It seems like I've seen this movie before. That pendulum is swinging hard back towards terrorism from what had evolved to be more of an all hazard approach to funding. Perhaps the funding for this year's program doubled because of January 6th?

See the details below from a DHS news release:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office For Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention

 
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a competitive funding opportunity to assist local communities in developing sustainable capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. The FY21 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program seeks to provide funding to implement local prevention frameworks and explore innovative approaches to preventing targeted violence and terrorism. The FY21 program establishes the following 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

 The TVTP Grant Program seeks to provide funding to applications that align with these objectives and that protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Applicants are required to conduct a rigorous needs assessment to outline what resources are already available in their area and what gaps need to be filled. All projects have required performance measures.

Eligibility

State, local, tribal, territorial governments; non-profits; and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for funds to establish capabilities or fill gaps in their prevention capabilities.

Application Tracks DHS has organized the competition into three application tracks:

1.      Promising Practices: Multiple Projects Track will fund multiple prevention projects from the eight project types in Appendix B of the NOFO to enhance or expand a local prevention framework that reaches all segments of their locality. This is the only track that allows for multiple projects types in a single application.

2.      Promising Practices: Single Project Track will fund specific prevention programs from the eight project types in Appendix B of the NOFO locally or in other parts of the U.S. as part of a local prevention framework. It is expected that these programs will support either existing or future local prevention frameworks.

3.      Innovation Track will fund projects that approach the broader goal of targeted violence and terrorism prevention in new or untested ways. This can include 1) a different theory of change for a “Promising Practices” project or 2) a new theory of change that has not been previously implemented.

All applicants seeking funds under this announcement should indicate clearly which one (1) track they are applying to and adhere to the requirements and other guidance provided in each track/project description.

Funding

There is $20 million available under this announcement.  Please refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Appendix B for information on funding levels by project type, and application track.

Funding Guidelines

The FY21 TVTP Grant Program will prioritize cost-effective programs and projects, and those which provide a detailed needs analysis and propose to collect and report on required performance measures.  DHS will assess funded projects for promising practices and make them available in a replicable form for other communities or sectors.  DHS is seeking to achieve diversity among geographical locations, applicant type, and project type.  The period of performance is 24 months, starting October 1, 2021.

Federal employees are prohibited from serving in any capacity (paid or unpaid) on any proposal submitted under this program.  Federal employees may not receive funds under this award.

 

Application Process

The application period opened on March 24, 2021 and will close on May 25, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM ET.  Applicants should consult the NOFO for more specific information about the process. Applying for this grant is a multi-step process and it is recommended that applicants begin that process early in order to allow sufficient time to complete the interim steps.  Applicants can register early with the Non-Disaster Grants Management System (ND Grants) and are encouraged to begin their ND Grants registration at the time of this announcement.  Early registration will allow applicants to have adequate time to start and complete their application.

For more information, please see the relevant NOFO posting on Grants.gov and the TVTP Grant Program site on DHS.gov https://www.dhs.gov/tvtpgrants

Webinar Opportunity

DHS will host informational webinars to discuss the main elements of the NOFO and will take general questions from interested applicants. Please use the following links to join the webinars:

2/24 2:00PM EDT Wednesday: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OGQ4MWYzMzAtYjhmZi00OGVkLThmYzAtMDAwMGM3Y2ZjNGQw%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%223ccde76c-946d-4a12-bb7a-fc9d0842354a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22457865b1-9b5a-4ad9-a2e6-20b7586be3d3%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

2/26 2:00PM EDT Friday: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OWU0YTEzZmUtMGI0NS00Y2Q0LWFiODAtY2EyY2QyZmZhM2Ey%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%223ccde76c-946d-4a12-bb7a-fc9d0842354a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22457865b1-9b5a-4ad9-a2e6-20b7586be3d3%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

3/30 2:00PM EDT Tuesday: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YzkxMDNmZjgtYWY3Mi00MDNkLWJhMmYtNTBmMmM1YjZiNWVj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%223ccde76c-946d-4a12-bb7a-fc9d0842354a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22457865b1-9b5a-4ad9-a2e6-20b7586be3d3%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

4/1 2:00PM EDT Thursday: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MWRkYjY2MjQtNGI2My00M2VjLTg0MjMtZjgwZDYyMmZiZGE1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%223ccde76c-946d-4a12-bb7a-fc9d0842354a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22457865b1-9b5a-4ad9-a2e6-20b7586be3d3%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

Additional Questions

For questions about the TVTP Grant Program, please contact the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention at TerrorismPrevention@hq.dhs.gov

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Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.