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!

New Technical Assistance Opportunity for Courts and Counties

The National Association of Counties, in partnership with Rulo Strategies and Praxis Consulting, with support from SJI, invite eligible applicants to apply to join the Convening County, Court & Justice Leaders Initiative: A Framework for Cross-System Collaboration Initiative.  The initiative is designed to support court and county leaders as they partner to establish local strategic priorities and align resources to achieve their justice and public safety goals.   


Up to ten counties will be selected to receive expert facilitation and technical assistance over the course of the project at no cost to them.  At the conclusion of the initiative, participating counties will have a written implementation plan addressing their top justice-related priorities.   Applications must be received by December 6, 2021.   


Initiative Overview and Application Information

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

FY 2022 State Justice Institute Updates

Jonathan Mattiello, Executive Director of the State Justice Institute, shares changes to SJI’s Priority Investment Areas as well as SJI Grant 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?

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.