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!

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.

Latest Webinar

Posted: April 10th, 2020

FY2020 Funding for State Courts and Justice System Partners

This webinar provides an overview of the Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners, as well as details about:

  • Current funding opportunities for courts
  • Current funding opportunities for court partners
  • Grant writing overview

Download a PDF version of this webinar

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.

Supplemental Grant Writing Materials

Below are templates designed to assist you in preparing supplemental materials to your grant application, as required.

Registering to Submit a Grant

Documenting Priority Considerations

Letters of Support, MOUs, and MOAs

Uploading Attachments

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Looking For More Resources?

Grants.gov is the centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for discretionary federal funding opportunities.  The website includes information and tutorials on searching for opportunities and is also the mechanism to submit federal grant applications.  In addition to searching thousands of online opportunities, you may also register to receive alerts regarding newly released solicitations based on specific topics of interest.

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.