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SJI’s Intensive Federal Grant Writing Technical Assistance Results in Over $4 Million Dollars in Critical Funding for Courts

During the FY 2021 grant season, SJI supported a pilot intensive technical assistance opportunity that integrated traditional grant-writing training with intensive one-on-one support to select courts. The training and intensive technical assistance was provided by Tara Kunkel of Rulo Strategies. Thirteen courts were selected to participate in phase one of the training which included completing a self-paced online learning series. Eight courts went on to investigate federal funding opportunities for their court. After the initial meetings, two courts determined that they needed to complete additional planning before proceeding with an application in FY 2021. Six courts submitted federal grant applications. Four of the courts were successful in securing grant awards that amount to $4.2 million dollars in funding.  Congratulations to the New Hampshire Judicial Branch, Warren County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Clark County (Ohio) Juvenile Court, and the First Circuit, Hawaii Judiciary for their new awards.

The Intensive Federal Grant Writing Technical Assistance is part of SJI’s larger commitment to supporting courts and their justice system partners as they pursue federal and philanthropic funding opportunities. Courts interested in pursuing federal funding in FY 2022 should explore SJI’s Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners to track funding opportunities and gather resources to enhance their grant planning, writing, and administration skills.