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.


Applying for Grants

Beginning in FY 2021, all new grant applications submissions must be made via the online Grant Management System (GMS).  Refer to the Grant Application Guide for details about what an application must include.


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 as seen in the table below.

FY QTRDue Date

Grant Management

All awards made in FY 2021 and forward are required to be managed in the Grant Management System (GMS).  Grantees with open awards made prior to FY 2021, may elect to create a new account and complete all requirements in GMS.  Refer to the Grant Management Guide for additional information.

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

Past Grant Awards FY 2005 – 2019

SJI Grant Awards FY 05-19_with Award Numbers

State Justice Institute Logos

Recipients of Project Grant awards must acknowledge prominently on all products developed with grant funds that support was received from the Institute. The SJI Logo must appear on the front cover of a written product, or in the opening frames of a video product, unless another placement is approved by SJI.