SJI was established by federal law in 1984 to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal 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.
Types of Grants Available:
Each fiscal year, SJI allocates significant financial resources to support its Priority Investment Areas. SJI strongly encourages potential grant applicants to consider projects addressing one or more of these Priority Investment Areas. In FY 2023, the Priority Investment Areas are listed below (in no specific order):
2005-2019 grant awards are listed at https://www.sji.gov/wp-content/uploads/SJI-Grant-Awards-FY-05-19_with-Award-Numbers.pdf.
To ensure that funds made available under this chapter are used to supplement and improve the operation of State courts, rather than to support basic court services, funds shall not be used to (1) supplant State or local funds currently supporting a program or activity; or 2) construct court facilities or structures, except to remodel existing facilities to demonstrate new architectural or technological techniques, or to provide temporary facilities for new personnel or for personnel involved in a demonstration or experimental program.
Examples of basic court services include:
Applicants are encouraged to contact SJI Staff to discuss any questions related to this section prior to or during the application process.
SJI is authorized by Congress to award grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to the following entities and types of organizations:
Other eligible grant recipients includes:
Applications to most programs are due February 1, May 1, August 1, or November 1, annually.
Strategic Initiatives Grant applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to the full application process. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact SJI prior to submitting a concept paper for guidance on this initial step.
Award amounts and cost sharing vary based on program area: