Funding Opportunities

The Federal government issues two kinds of grants:  discretionary grants and formula (or block) grants.  A discretionary grant (or cooperative agreement) is a merit-based award of funds to eligible applicants.  A Federal grant making agency accepts applications for discretionary funding, determines eligibility, reviews the contents of the application, and determines which applicants receive awards and the amount of funding to be awarded.  Courts are eligible to receive discretionary grant funds either as the applicant or in partnership or collaboration with an eligible partner.

Access a list of open funding opportunities along with detailed program solicitations and templates for use in application preparation.

Access a list of closed funding opportunities along with detailed program information to assist in the research of previously released solicitations for potential future applications.

Supplemental Grant Writing Materials

Nearly all grant applications require the submission of supplemental materials.  Below are templates designed to assist you in preparing documents to accompany grant applications for the current funding opportunities accessible above.

Registering to Submit a Grant

Documenting Priority Considerations

Uploading Attachments

Letters of Support, MOUs, and MOAs

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.

Formula (Block) Grants

While this funding toolkit focuses primarily on discretionary Federal grants, it is important to also understand formula (or block) grants, also referred to as pass through funds.  These grants are not based on a competitive process but instead are allocations of federal funding to states, territories, or local units of government determined by distribution formulas in the authorizing legislation and regulations. Courts are rarely eligible to receive formula funding directly but should be aware of these funding streams as the funds may be accessible through collaboration with eligible partners and/or may support services and programs that benefit court-involved persons.  Additional information is available in a matrix of pass-through funding compiled by the National Center for State Courts as well as a brief video describing its contents.

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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.