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

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 million in applications for the RFA in the first round.  SJI is now accepting applications on a rolling basis.  Potential applicants are encouraged to closely review the requirements.  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.

Five (5) Technical Assistance Grants were approved: the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts to develop and implement a pilot Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform to resolve medical debt disputes in Hamilton County; the Iowa Judicial Branch to implement a landlord/tenant ODR pilot in Story County; the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to provide technical assistance to several jurisdictions that will assess the quality of master jury lists, including inclusiveness, representativeness, and record accuracy; the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts to provide a specialized online orientation video for the Custody and Visitation Mediation Program in both English and Spanish; and the New Hampshire Supreme Court for the redevelopment and design overhaul of the Judiciary’s website. 

The next deadline for grant applications is November 1, 2020 (FY 2021, 1st Quarter).