Court Pandemic Response and Recovery Grant Program



Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsoring Organization

State Justice Institute (SJI)


Provides funding for projects that assist state courts in responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on court functions. Emphasizes system change approaches that address the future of court operations through practices such as case triage and the use of technology for online dispute resolution (ODR), portal development, virtual hearings, as well as other innovations to make courts more accessible and equitable. Priority consideration will be to projects focused on institutionalizing and replicating practices adopted during the pandemic.

Amount of Funding

Award amounts are based on 3 funding categories:

  1. Local courts: Up to $50,000, with a project period of 12 months
  2. State or territory supreme court and administrative office of the courts: Up to $100,000, with a project period of 12 months
  3. Nonprofits, for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education: Up to $150,000, with a project period of 18 months

Applicants interested in Category 2 funding may submit applications on behalf of one or more local courts for up to $50,000 per locality, with a project period of 12 months. All funds must go directly to the local court(s).

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local courts and their agencies
  • National nonprofit organizations controlled by, operating in conjunction with, and serving the judicial branches of state governments
  • National nonprofit organizations for the education and training of judges and support personnel of the judicial branch of state governments that also meet the following criteria:
    • Organizations whose principal purpose or activity is to provide education and training to state and local judges and court personnel
    • Organizations that can demonstrate a record of substantial experience in the field of judicial education and training
  • Nonprofit organizations with expertise in judicial administration
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Individuals, partnerships, firms, corporations
  • Private agencies with expertise in judicial administration
  • State or local agencies and institutions other than courts for services that cannot be adequately provided through nongovernmental arrangements

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Completed applications with all forms and attachments should be emailed to

Applicant podcast recording


For programmatic or technical questions:

Topics This Program Addresses

COVID-19 Response • Justice System • Teleservices and Technology