FAQ Group: Planning

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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I reviewed the funding opportunities under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and noticed there is funding for Community Violence Initiatives (CVI)? What are the types of activities that fit under the definition of CVI?

The Administration has released guidance from the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education explaining how two buckets of ARP funding—$350 billion in state and local funding and the $122 billion in school funding—can be used for a variety of community violence strategies. Within the parameters explained in recently released guidance, State and territory, local, and Tribal governments can: Hire …

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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 just finished grant season. What should I be doing while I await grant announcements?

Congratulations on the end of grant season.  Now is a good time to do the following while you wait: Write thank you notes to the project partners included in your applications, recognizing them for their support and providing a general timeframe for when award announcements will be made. Organize your files so you have final …

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What should we consider in selecting a research partner?

The following should be considered when selecting an appropriate research partner: Education and Experience:  Your research partner should have graduate-level training as well as specific experience working with criminal justice practitioners and court-based programs. While experience working in a criminal justice/court setting is not a requirement for a research partner, it can be helpful.   …

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I want to include a research partner in my application. How do I go about finding a research partner or evaluator for my project to include in my application?

There are two approaches applicants take to finding a research partner if they select their partner before they submit the grant.  The first approach is to find a research partner at a local college or university. Geographic proximity to your project can be an advantage as the evaluator will be familiar with your local community …

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What is the benefit of having a partnership with a researcher when writing a grant?

Some grant programs award extra points if you have a research partner.  There are additional benefits to adding an evaluator to your next grant proposal, as well.  Below are some of the most common benefits: Research partners can bring an independent and objective voice to your work, which can be helpful if you have a …

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