Funding Opportunity

Court Pandemic Response and Recovery


In addition to meeting all other application requirements, the State Justice Institute (SJI) will give priority consideration for funding to projects that focus on institutionalizing and/or replicating practices that were implemented during the pandemic. SJI values a system change approach (as opposed to the replication of narrowly focused programs or projects) that emphasizes the use of case triage to match cases and parties to appropriate resources and services both within and outside the courthouse, and supports increased information for self- represented litigants. This also includes the use of technology for innovations such as online dispute resolution (ODR), portal development, virtual hearings, and other efforts to allow court business to be conducted outside of the courthouse. It is also vital that proposed projects take into account both access and fairness. Finally, since many practices have not yet been measured or evaluated, proposed projects should include a review of costs and benefits, not only to the courts, but also to court users.

Funding Categories

Eligible applicants may apply for funding based on the categories below.

Category 1-Local Court: Eligible local court applicants may apply for up to $50,000 for a period of up to 12 months.

Category 2-State or Territory Supreme Court and/or the Administrative Office of the Courts: Eligible state (or territory) supreme courts and/or administrative court office applicants may apply for up to $100,000 for a period of up to 12 months. They may also submit applications on behalf of one or more local courts for up to $50,000 per locality for up to 12 months and must agree that all funds will go directly to the local court(s).

Category 3-Non-profit, For-profit Organizations and Institutions of Higher Education: Eligible non-profit, for-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education applicants may apply for up to $150,000 for a period of up to 18 months.

How to Apply

Applications, along with all required forms and attachments, are due to SJI via email to by August 14, 2020 to be eligible for consideration for the first round of review. Applications received after August 14, 2020 will be reviewed, and if approved, awarded on a rolling basis in FY 2021.

See the SJI website for the full Request for Applications

Additional Information

Visit the Virtual Learning section of the Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners to learn more about SJI funding, including an upcoming podcast about this funding opportunity.

If you have specific questions regarding this solicitation, please email

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