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State Justice Institute

The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.

NEXT GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE

The deadline for new grant applications for the 1st quarter of FY 2021.

November 1, 2020

Grant Application Deadlines
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SJI continues to make all grant reports and most grant products available online through the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Library and Digital Archive.

FUNDING TOOLKIT

Visit SJI’s Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners to learn about additional grant opportunities, access grant resources, and to request grant writing technical assistance.

NEW Request for Applications: Court Pandemic Response and Recovery

SJI is seeking to fund projects that assist state courts in their response to, and recovery from, COVID-19, with a look towards the future of court operations. In addition to meeting all other application requirements, SJI will give priority consideration for funding to projects that focus on institutionalizing and/or replicating practices that were implemented during the pandemic.

Applications, along with all required forms and attachments, are being accepted by SJI via email to contact@sji.gov. Applications will be reviewed, and if approved, awarded on a rolling basis in FY 2021. Visit the Virtual Learning section of the Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners to learn more about SJI funding, including a podcast about this funding opportunity. Email contact@sji.gov with questions regarding this solicitation.

Special Note on Prohibited Costs for this Solicitation:

No grant funds or cash match may be used to pay the salary and related costs for a current or new employee of a court or other unit of government because such funds would constitute supplanting state or local funds in violation of 42 U.S.C. 10706(d)(1); this includes new employees hired specifically for the project. Grant funds cannot be used for the purpose of purchasing software and/or equipment, such as for conducting remote hearings, as these are considered basic court operations.

SJI NEWS

  • Rural Justice Collaborative Seeking Nominations

    The National Center for State Courts, in partnership with Rulo Strategies, is launching a Rural Justice Collaborative (RJC). The RJC is seeking nominations for Advisory Committee members, as well as for cross-sector programs or initiatives based in rural communities that involve courts and stakeholders in the justice, child welfare, and behavioral health systems. 

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  • NACM Hosting Virtual Education Event in Place of Annual Meeting

    The National Association for Court Management’s (NACM) first-ever Virtual Education Program and Expo is underway and runs through October.  Earlier this summer, NACM’s leadership made the difficult decision to cancel their in-person annual meeting. With nearly 40 sessions planned, NACM did not want the court professional community to miss out on the opportunity to receive this educational …

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  • New Business Court Docket Curriculum Developed for Courts Nationwide

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) developed an innovative training curriculum and faculty guide – along with practical tools – to help state courts establish and manage business court dockets more efficiently and effectively.  The curriculum was developed as part of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Business Court Docket Pilot …

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  • The Illinois Judicial Branch Forges Ahead on Strategic Initiatives Amid the Pandemic

    In October 2019, the reconstituted Illinois Judicial Conference (IJC), comprised of 15 judicial officers and 14 non-judges and chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, unveiled an inaugural 3-year Strategic Agenda for the Illinois Judicial Branch.  Implementation commenced in December 2019.  Eight newly formed Task Forces along with several existing Committees/Commissions began working …

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