Welcome to the Funding Toolkit

For State Courts and Justice System Partners

The toolkit is designed to support local courts, state courts, and their justice system partners as they pursue federal and philanthropic funding opportunities. This toolkit includes resources that encompass the entire grant seeking, writing and management process, such as planning checklists, sample documents, frequently asked questions and fact sheets.  Technical assistance is also available to courts to provide support and feedback during the grant writing and development process.  Whether you are new to the grant process, have attempted unsuccessfully to write grants in the past, want to know about new funding opportunities, or are honing your grant skills, this toolkit is for you!

Special Funding Announcement

The National Center for State Courts, with support from SJI, has released a Family-Centered Justice (FJC) solicitation.  The FJC aims to transform the delivery of justice to children and families in courts throughout the United States by infusing effective family drug court principles into the broader family and dependency court system.

Through multi-disciplinary, collaborative work, participating jurisdictions will implement strategies believed to lead to improved outcomes for families impacted by parental substance use and child welfare involvement.  Up to six sites will be selected to receive $50,000 in funding to support a project manager who will lead the cross-sector team through a structured strategic planning process.  Applications must be received by September 1, 2021 at 5pm ET.

Family-Centered Justice Application

Family Centered-Justice Q&A Webinar Slides

Discover virtual learning opportunities such as webinars and podcasts.

Review current and past funding opportunities along with other grant writing resources.

Grant experts answer frequently asked questions.

Latest Virtual Learning Opportunity

Court ¢ents

Court ₵ents Podcast

Formula (Block) Grant Opportunities for Courts

Karen Lash, Director of the Justice in Government Project at American University, discusses how court systems can apply for federal block/formula/open-end reimbursement funds, otherwise known as pass-through funds. She recommends accessing the Grants Matrix for detailed examples of potential funding opportunities.

Current Funding Opportunities

Below you will find funding opportunities that are currently available. As the due date for submission of an application passes, these funding opportunities, and their companion resources, will be moved to the Past Funding Opportunities.  If you identify an opportunity of interest, please click on the link below to access the solicitation and associated templates you may use to prepare your application.  Additional Supplemental Grant Writing Materials are also available to assist you in preparing your application.

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SJI Funding Opportunities

The State Justice Institute (SJI) awards grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by courts.  State Courts and court-support organizations may apply for grants to conduct activities such as hiring expert consultants to address an issue,  piloting demonstration projects,  implementing or adapting curricula, or conducting educational and training programs. 

Visit SJI’s Grants page to learn more about the types of grants.  Utilize the Grant Management System (GMS) to apply for and manage grants, including fulfilling reporting requirements and requesting reimbursement of grant-funded activities.

Visit SJI’s Priority Investment Areas page to view major focus areas for SJI support.

Need Help?

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Virtual technical assistance (TA) is available for state and local courts. TA may include coaching calls, document reviews and answering targeted questions related to a grant opportunity, as well as other types of support.