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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.


Beginning in FY 2021, all new grant application submissions must be made via the online Grant Management System (GMS). Also, all awards made in FY 2021 and forward are required to be managed in the GMS. Grantees with open awards made prior to FY 2021, may elect to create a new account and complete all requirements in GMS.

Grant Application Deadlines

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.


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.


  • SJI Headquarters Relocation

    Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, SJI’s new office address will be: 12700 Fair Lakes Circle Suite Suite 340 Fairfax, VA 22033 703-660-4979 For questions, please email

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  • SJI Provides Resources to Assist Grant Applicants

    Three grant deadlines remain for FY 2021 SJI Grant funding: February 1, 2021 (2nd QTR) May 1, 2021 (3rd QTR) August 1, 2021 (4th QTR) All new SJI grant applications must be submitted via the online Grant Management System (GMS).  Refer to the Grant Application Guide for additional information. The SJI Funding Toolkit provides support to local courts, state …

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  • Pandemic Rapid Response Team invites Applications for Implementation Lab Initiative

    Coined by Michigan Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack (MI), the expression “not the disruption we wanted, but the disruption we needed” captures the ongoing impact the pandemic has had on America’s state courts. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators Rapid Response Team (RRT) and the …

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  • SJI Awards Grants to Support Pandemic Response and Recovery

    Through a Request for Applications (RFA) process launched in FY 2020, SJI funded multiple projects that will assist state courts in their response to, and recovery from, COVID-19, with a look towards the future of court operations. SJI gave priority consideration for RFA funding to projects that focused on institutionalizing and/or replicating practices that have been implemented …

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