Current Grant Opportunities
Access and Visitation Grant Program
For friend of the court (FOC) offices, the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) proposes to award Access and Visitation Grant Program contracts based on a tier system. This system will group courts by the total number of new domestic relations filings involving custody, divorce, paternity, and other support issues reported and verified to the SCAO for 2014.
FOCs interested in applying for Access and Visitation Grant Program funding for fiscal year 2015 must complete a noncompetitive two-step application process.
Notify the SCAO of the court's intent to apply for Access and Visitation Grant Program funding by 5:00 p.m. on September 26, 2014.
Complete and return the Access and Visitation Grant Program Funding Application by 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2014.
Court Performance Innovation Fund grants
The State Court Administrative Office invites trial courts to apply for funding of innovative new programs and services designed to improve court performance. The Court Performance Innovation Fund is created by a legislative appropriation for fiscal year 2014-15, beginning October 1, 2014, and concluding September 30, 2015. Approximately $375,000 will be available for awards to trial courts to establish and evaluate new, innovative services and programs that enhance court performance. No grant match is required. The award amount will be based on the merit of the proposed program.
We will begin to accept pre-applications May 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015. Additional details and deadlines may be found in the grant instructions below. For questions about these funding opportunities or if you have concerns as to whether an idea falls under this grant, please contact Robin Eagleson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 373-5542.
Pre-applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funds are allocated.
Submission of full applications are by SCAO invitation only.
(Deadline for submission will be no later than 30 days from invitation.)
Grant awards are ongoing until all funds are allocated.
Signed contracts are due upon agreement between SCAO and the court.
* Please note that the grant funds will be disbursed quarterly upon financials received by SCAO.
Problem-Solving Courts Funding Opportunities
The following problem-solving court funding opportunities are open to courts statewide in fiscal year 2014. To apply for funding, register for an account on Michigan WebGrants by going to http://micourts.dullestech.net and clicking “Register Here”. For questions about these funding opportunities, please contact Jessica Parks, Deputy Trial Court Services Director, at email@example.com or 517-373-6285.
Michigan Mental Health Courts
Michigan Mental Health Court Grant Program (MMHCGP)
$4.1 million to award – $2 million of which is for expansion of new programs or existing programs that have never been funded by SCAO before and that can demonstrate that funding would significantly expand the number of participants that they serve or the services available to participants. Applicant courts must partner and collaborate with their local Community Mental Health Services Program (CMHSP) through a single joint application. Proposed programs must target participants with a severe and persistent Axis I Thought or Mood Disorder or a Developmental Disability as defined in MCL 330.1100a(2)(20) and be post-arraignment programs in order to meet funding eligibility requirements. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13.
$1.5 million to award
grants are for jurisdictions that are interested in establishing a new mental
health court and are in the early stages of planning that effort. Applicant courts must partner and collaborate
with their local Community Mental Health Services Program (CMHSP) to establish
processes and procedures.
To apply for funding, register for an account on Michigan
WebGrants by going to http://micourts.dullestech.net and clicking
“Register Here”. Grants open
11/12/13 – 2/28/14.
Michigan Circuit Courts
Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program (SSSPP)
$6 million to award - An intensive supervision probation program for circuit courts focusing on high-risk (eight or higher on COMPAS scales of risk of violence, risk of recidivism, or overall risk) felony probationers with a demonstrated history of probation failures due to behavioral noncompliance or three or more sanctioned probation violations. SSSPP is modeled after Hawaii’s Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program. The primary goal of SSSPP is to increase compliance with probation terms by imposing certain, swift, and consistent sanctions for probation violations. Probationers are informed during an initial hearing of the terms of their probation and of the consequences for violating those terms. Thereafter, they are to be closely monitored and sanctioned for every probation violation within 72 hours after the violation is reported to the court. Your SSSPP must be a compliance-based program (not a treatment-based program) and should not utilize incentives, ancillary services, and team staffing meetings. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13.
Michigan Veterans Treatment Courts
Michigan Veterans Treatment Court Grant Program (MVTCGP)
$500,000 to award - Grants are available to jurisdictions that have completed a planning phase of their veterans treatment court program and are seeking funds for the first year of operation or to continue operating their veterans treatment court program. The funding should enable veterans treatment courts to promote public safety and contribute to a reduction in substance abuse and mental illness among adult veteran offenders; reduce reliance on incarceration within existing correctional systems and local jails; and establish monitoring and evaluation measures that will demonstrate the effectiveness of the program. Programs must collaborate with VA Hospitals for treatment to which veterans are entitled. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13.
Michigan Drug and Sobriety Courts
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG)
$1.5 million to award - Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG – Federally funded). Programs must target prison bound felony drug- or alcohol-addicted offenders as identified by straddle or presumptive cell placements according to the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines. Grant applicants will be given priority based upon the percentage of their open cases that are straddle or presumptive cell participants and the total number of straddle and presumptive cell participants served by the program. Grants open 6/24/13 - 7/19/13.
Michigan Drug Court Grant Program (MDCGP)
$3.85 million to award – Michigan Drug Court Grant Program Operational and Planning Grants – Operational grants are available to jurisdictions that have completed a planning phase of their drug/DWI court program and are seeking funds for the first year of operation or to continue operating their drug/DWI court program. The funding should enable drug/DWI courts to promote public safety and contribute to a reduction in substance abuse and recidivism among nonviolent adult and/or juvenile substance abusing offenders; reduce reliance on incarceration within existing correctional systems and local jails; and establish monitoring and evaluation measures that will demonstrate the effectiveness of the program. Planning grants are for jurisdictions that are interested in establishing a new drug or DWI court and are in the early stages of planning that effort. Grants open 5/13/13 - 6/21/13.
Office of Highway Safety Planning Grants (Planning and Operational Grants) (OHSP)
$750,000 to award - Office of Highway Safety Planning Operational and Planning Grants (OHSP – Federally Funded) - Operational grants are for jurisdictions that have completed a substantial amount of planning and are seeking funding to support the implementation of a new DWI or drug court program or are fully operational and seeking funds to expand operations and sustain the expansion. The expansion of an existing program must be significant and justify the need for additional funds. Although the program type may be a drug court or a DWI court, individuals charged with drunk or drugged driving must be the primary target population or constitute a separate track of the program. Planning grants are for jurisdictions that are interested in establishing a new drug or DWI court and are in the early stages of planning that effort. Grants open 6/24/13 - 7/19/13.
Michigan Regional DWI Court Grant Program
$750,000 to award – Regional DWI Courts - Grants are limited to jurisdictions that have completed a planning phase of their Regional DWI Court program and are seeking funds for the first year of operation or to continue operating their Regional DWI Court program. Regional DWI Courts are distinguished from other DWI courts by the number of geographically distinct jurisdictions participating in a single joint program. Examples of Regional DWI Court program designs are: (1) Two or more circuit courts participating in a single Regional DWI Court, (2) Two or more district courts from different counties participating in a single Regional DWI Court, and (3) One or more district courts and one or more circuit courts, from different counties, participating in a single Regional DWI Court. Regional DWI Courts receive one grant award and one contract, have one coordinator that oversees the entire region, and have one program design that is applicable to all participants in the Regional DWI Court, even if the Regional DWI Court has multiple court locations. The program must have one joint local administrative order covering all participating courts in the regional program and one memorandum of understanding covering all participating organizations. Data collection and grant reporting should reflect the program as a whole, rather than reflecting separate locations of the program. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13.
Urban Drug Court Initiative (UDCI)
$1.25 million to award. The Urban Drug Court Initiative focuses on high-risk, high-need felony offenders who have committed criminal offenses within the city limits of Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, or Saginaw and who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. As a drug treatment court program operating in Michigan, each program must comply with Michigan Compiled Laws 600.1060 et seq., the Ten Key Components of Drug Court or Ten Guiding Principles of DWI Courts. Only those courts accepting individuals who have committed offenses in the above highlighted city limits are eligible. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13.
$20,000 to award. Community court operations should be conducted in accordance with the Six Principles of Problem-Solving Justice. Community courts target a specific issue in a local neighborhood, such as vandalism. The judge holds court in a building in that neighborhood and participants of the community court perform community service and receive community support services in the same neighborhood. SCAO receives $20,000 annually to pilot community court in one court, the 36th District Court of Detroit, Michigan. Grants open 7/22/13 - 8/30/13