Supporting the Nation's Judicial System & the Public it Serves


SJI was established by federal law in 1984 to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. To fulfill this mission, SJI awards grants that benefit the nation’s judicial system and the public it serves.


Grant Application Deadlines

Grant application deadlines are: November 1; February 1; May 1; and August 1, and correspond with the federal fiscal year quarters. The SJI Board meets on a federal fiscal year quarterly basis to make funding decisions because SJI is federally funded. This structure allows SJI to start awarding new grants once its budget is provided by Congress each fiscal year, and award the grant funding across four fiscal quarters.

The following table provides more detailed information on when to submit new grant applications:

New Grant Applications

FY QTR Due Date
1 1-Nov
2 1-Feb
3 1-May
4 1-Aug

SJI’s 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.

Funding Toolkit