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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.

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 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 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 Launches Online Grant Management System

    On October 1, 2020, the State Justice Institute (SJI) launched the Grant Management System (GMS) to better serve applicants and grantees, and further improve the grant-making process.  The GMS is an online, end-to-end system, that spans the entire grant lifecycle.  The GMS provides applicants and grantees with the ability to apply for and manage grants, …

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  • CCJ/COSCA RRT Technology Workgroup Releases Resource Paper, Endorses Technology Principles

    The coronavirus pandemic has led to inconvenience, unprecedented case backlogs and issues that the nation’s state courts haven’t faced since the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. It has also led to opportunity. The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) urge state court officials to view the pandemic with a glass-half-full …

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  • SJI Approves FY 2020 Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met virtually on August 31, 2020 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and approved a total of 15 new grants.  Ten (10) Strategic Initiatives Grants were approved in support of SJI’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Request for Applications (RFA).  More information about these innovative projects will be released soon.  SJI received over $4.8 …

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  • Oregon Launches Two-Year Strategic Campaign to Improve Court Services

    January 2020 marked the start of the Oregon Judicial Department’s two-year Strategic Campaign, developed with SJI support and technical assistance provided by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). This new approach, recommended by the NCSC and focused on identifying short-term, achievable goals – appealed to Chief Justice Martha L. Walters and State Court Administrator …

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