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Deadline: February 1, 2016

State Justice Institute: Grants to Improve the Quality of Justice

The State Justice Institute (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. SJI is accepting applications in four grant categories:

  1. Project Grants support innovative education and training, demonstration, and technical assistance projects to improve the administration of justice in courts across the country.
  2. Technical Assistance Grants provide funding to state and local courts to obtain expert assistance in diagnosing a problem, developing a response to that problem, and implementing any proposed change(s).
  3. Curriculum Adaption and Training Grants enable courts to modify or revise curriculum, train instructors, pilot test the new or revised curriculum, and conduct judicial-branch education and training programs.
  4. Education Support Program Grants provide tuition assistance for state judges and court managers.

Amount: Varies by grant type:

  • Project Grants: Up to $300,000, however, grants of $200,000 or more are only awarded to projects that promise to have an impact nationally; a 50% cash match is required
  • Technical Assistance Grants: Up to $50,000 each; a 50% match is required, 20% of which must be a cash match
  • Curriculum Adaptation and Training Grants: Not stated, but a 50% match is required, 20% of which must be a cash match
  • Education Support Program: Covers the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $1,000 per award

Eligibility: Generally, state and local courts. For the Education Support Program, eligibility is limited to full-time judges of state or local trial and appellate courts; full-time professional state or local court personnel with management responsibilities; and supervisory and management probation officials in judicial branch probation offices

Link: http://www.sji.gov/grants/

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