Community engagement was at the heart of the Obama administration's Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, which aimed to combat terrorism by building bridges.

But the initiative, which began in 2015 with pilot programs in Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, now appears to be hanging by a thread with several participants rejecting grants handed out through the program following reports that the Trump administration would tighten the focus specifically on radical Islamic extremism.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the CVE grants, declined comment Friday.

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