New fund for projects addressing violent extremism

Fri 14 Apr 2023

The Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund will give grants up to $50,000 to community and non-government organisations for projects addressing violent extremism. The closing date is 17 May 2023.

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New Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund

The government set up the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund to support community and civil society organisations to deliver initiatives that counter and build resilience to violent extremism and radicalisation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The closing date to apply for funding is 17 May 2023.

The Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Fund has 4 priority areas:

  • "develop and deliver initiatives and/or resources that support individuals on a path of radicalisation to violence from further harm
  • develop and deliver positive online interventions that make online spaces safer and mitigate the risk of radicalisation
  • address and challenge harmful ideas, messages of hate and intolerance that promote violent extremism
  • build capability within community organisations to recognise and respond to radicalisation."

Organisations can apply for grants up to $50,000. The grants can be used for:

  • "support the disengagement of individuals from violent extremism
  • promote positive online interventions
  • build understanding of radicalisation and engagement with extremist ideologies in New Zealand
  • normalise early intervention and prevention initiatives that address the root causes of radicalisation
  • promote counter-extremist narratives
  • provide training and development to build understanding of radicalisation and extremism in the workforce."

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is hosting 2 webinars about the fund on 18 April and 2 May 2023.

Background information

The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges (NCIWR) wrote a submission on the links between violent extremism and intimate partner violence in April 2022. For more research, reports and background about the links between gender based violence and extreme violence, see our related news stories below and search our library under extremism.

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"Recognizing that there are demonstrated linkages between targeted violence and online hate-based movements and ideologies, including, for example, online misogyny, gender-based hatred, and other hate-based, discriminatory prejudices, deepen the evidence base on the links between these factors as potential vectors for terrorism and violent extremism."

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"Global efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination must focus on the rising misogyny and misinformation expressed online. Improving online safety will also improve women and girls’ ability to fully participate in political and public facing roles.

We are working domestically and internationally to ensure collective action and the enhancement of human rights protection online. Last year, we were pleased to join the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse. We are also proud co-leaders of the Christchurch Call and thank you for your crucial support in eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content shared online."

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