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

SJI is seeking eight courts to participate in a free, three-month intensive federal grant application development series. This virtual training series integrates traditional grant training and technical assistance (TTA) with intensive one-on-one support to assist selected sites in the development of a federal application to be submitted during the FY 2021 grant season. This TTA opportunity is open to court staff. Court support agencies and justice system partners (e.g., probation, prosecutor’s office, Sheriff’s office) are encouraged to participate with court staff. Up to three staff members from the same locality/region may participate if selected. SJI is prioritizing this opportunity for courts/staff with no prior federal grant writing experience or courts/agencies that have previously applied for federal funding but were unsuccessful.  Applications are due October 2, 2020 at 5:00pm EST and the selected sites will be notified by October 15, 2020. More information about this opportunity is available here.

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

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

Grant experts answer frequently asked questions.

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SJI grantees Danielle Malangone (Center for Court Innovation), Jeff Rinard (Texas Office of Court Administration), and Courtney Porter, PhD (Fairfax County, Virginia Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court) discuss SJI funded projects and share experiences with the SJI grantmaking process.

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, including the Grant Guideline.

Visit SJI’s Forms page to access documents required to submit applications.

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.