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 Announcement

On October 1, 2020, the State Justice Institute (SJI) launched the Grant Management System (GMS) to better serve applicants and grantees, and further improve the grant-making process. The GMS is an online, end-to-end system, that spans the entire grant lifecycle. The GMS provides applicants and grantees with the ability to apply for and manage grants, including fulfilling reporting requirements and requesting reimbursement of grant-funded activities.


Beginning in FY 2021, all new grant applications submissions must be submitted through the GMS.  Users may access GMS at gms.sji.gov to create an account and begin new applications. Additional information is available here. 

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 available and how to apply.

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

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Request assistance from a grant expert or ask us a question about the toolkit.

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.