FAQ Group: Identify Funding

Does SJI have new priority investments areas in FY 2022?

Many of SJI’s priority investment areas remain the same but there are some new areas of interest.  This includes: Focusing on institutionalization of new court processes and procedures as a result of the pandemic. Incorporating trauma-informed approaches under our Opioids and other Dangerous Drugs, and Behavioral Health Responses priority investment area. Strategic planning under our …

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Which entities are eligible to apply for a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI)?

Pursuant to the State Justice Institute Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10701, et seq.), Congress authorizes SJI to award grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to the following entities and types of organizations: State and local courts and their agencies National nonprofit organizations that serve the judicial branch of state government or train judges and support …

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What are some available resources that summarize funding opportunities under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA) that my court may be interested in?

The following document, developed by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), provides an excellent summary of ARPA funding streams that support civil access to justice: https://legalaidresourcesdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/jgp-arp-funding-matrix.pdf Additionally, the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center has established an online database that provides a comprehensive overview of how ARPA funding can address a variety of …

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I am new to grant writing. As I search for grant opportunities, how do I decide if I should apply? Some of the grants seem very competitive.

There are several questions you should answer to determine the “fit” of the grant opportunity for your court.  These initial questions include: Does the funding opportunity align with your needs? Is your agency and your project eligible for the grant? Can your agency meet the mandatory requirements? When is the grant application due?  Do you …

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I have never used Grants.gov and I am feeling overwhelmed about where to start. How do I register to receive funding announcements?

To get started with Grants.gov, you will first need to register for a Grants.gov account. There are several different types of Grants.gov accounts based on your role within your organization. This video walks new users through the different types of registration options and the steps to complete registration. If you prefer written instructions, you can …

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How can I receive alerts about federal funding announcements when they are released?

Subscribing to the grant programs or funding agencies relevant to your work through grants.gov is an efficient way to ensure you won’t miss any funding announcements.  You will need to establish a grants.gov account.  Once you have an account, you may want to track funding announcements from:  Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Office of Juvenile Justice and …

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As this year’s federal grant season comes to an end, what should I be doing next to prepare for next year’s grant season?

Summer is the perfect time to tackle three important tasks to prepare for next year’s grant season. Review solicitations from the previous grant season to identify future opportunities. A good place to start is to review the solicitations in the Past Funding Opportunities in SJI’s Funding Toolkit.  Solicitations rarely change significantly from year to year to so the …

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What is the difference between a grant award and a cooperative agreement?

The federal government makes awards for financial assistance through both grants and cooperative agreements.  A cooperative agreement is distinctly different from a grant in that it provides for “substantial involvement” between the Federal agency or pass-through entity and the grant award recipient. In general terms, “substantial involvement” refers to the degree to which federal employees …

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I’m reading a solicitation and it says eligibility is limited to “Units of Local Government”? Are courts considered “units of local government?”

Solicitations from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention frequently provide the following definition: A “unit of local government” means— (a) Any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state. (b) Any law enforcement district or …

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