The federal government announced this week it'd be awarding a bunch of money to fight terrorism.
The grant money comes from the Department of Homeland Security, which is giving $10 million to 26 local law enforcement and community organizations across the country. Two of those – one law enforcement and once nonprofit – are in Minnesota.
Heartland Democracy Center is a nonprofit based in Minneapolis. It's dedicated to civic engagement and will be getting $423,340 for "developing resistance." The center got the grant earlier this year, too. Click here to read more about that.
This time around, a Minnesota sheriff's office is also being recognized. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will be getting $347,600 for "training and engagement."
"This money will be used in large part to educate families, opinion leaders, and service providers who have an opportunity to identify people at risk, and partner with law enforcement to intervene and disrupt this growing threat to our nation's security," Sheriff Rich Stanek said in a statement.
The idea is that grant recipients use the money to fund activities and provide training so that it's harder for terror groups to recruit people in the community. It can also help those who may be headed down a path towards violent extremism.
Terrorism recruitment in Minnesota
Minneapolis has been the focus of other federal counter-terrorism efforts in recent years because of successful efforts by terror groups to recruit young Somali men (at least 20 Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism-related crimes). The city has the largest Somali population in North America.
A few years ago, the Department of Justice named Minneapolis a pilot city for a community-focused program that aims to build community resilience. Through the program, several Twin Cities nonprofits were awarded funds to develop mentorship programs, job training and after school programs in an effort to help fight terror recruitment locally.