Indiana Judicial Center
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 900
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Angela Reid-Brown
Court Improvement Program Administrator

Pho: 317.232.1313
angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov

Michael Commons
Staff Attorney, Division of State Court Administration

Pho: 317.232.2542
Michael.commons@courts.in.gov

Indiana Judicial Center > Court Improvement Program > Grant Applications Grant Applications

(Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 grant cycle.  Materials below are for informational purposes only.)

The Indiana Court Improvement Program (CIP) is accepting applications for projects designed to improve the safety, well-being and permanency of children and families involved in Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings. 

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their efforts at sustaining project operations through identification of goals, outcomes, and additional funding resources.  Applicants proposing multi-county projects should submit a single application and designate one contact person.  Applications that are not submitted by a court must have collaborated with and secured the support of the affected courts where the services are to be provided before proceeding with the application. A letter of support from the court must accompany the application.

Court Improvement Program Funding Areas

1. Basic Court Improvements
Grant funds are available to support programs or projects that are designed to improve the court process for handling CHINS and TPR proceedings or that provide for the safety, well-being and permanency needs of children in foster care.  

2. Data Collection and Analysis
Grant funds are available to support data collection and analysis projects that improve the processing of CHINS and TPR related court hearings. 

3. Training and Education
Grant funds are available to support training and education programs that increase child welfare expertise within the legal community or facilitate cross-training opportunities amongst agencies, courts, and other key stakeholders involved in the child welfare system.   

Projects eligible for CIP funding include: 

  • CHINS and TPR mediation, facilitation and family group decision making programs
  • CHINS specialty court programs including family dependency drug courts and mental health courts 
  • CHINS and TPR training programs  
  • CHINS and TPR related educational brochures, guides, pamphlets
  • Adopting and implementing court performance measures for CHINS and TPR cases
  • Other new and innovative projects that will further the goals of the Court Improvement Program

Funding Period
Awards are granted for one year on an October 1st – September 30th funding cycle.  Each year thereafter, programs may apply for continuation of funding on a competitive basis.    Continued funding is not guaranteed. 

Funding Restrictions
The costs of organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital, or obtain contributions, are considered unallowable costs under this grant opportunity. 

Range of Financial Assistance
Ordinarily the maximum grant awards range from $25,000 to $35,000. 

Match
CIP Funds awarded may not constitute more than 75% of the total project cost.  Therefore, matching contributions of 25% (cash or in-kind) of the total program or project budget is required and must be derived from non-federal resources. 

Selection Process
A grant review team will review applications and make a recommendation to the CIP Executive Committee, which makes the final decision.  In evaluating each application, the following may be considered: 
  • Demonstration of need
  • Adequate correlation between the cost of the project and the objective(s) to be achieved
  • Probability of project to meet identified goal(s) and objectives
  • Overall description of the intended use of the grant funds
  • Demonstration that the applicant has met the local match requirements
  • Overall quality of the application
  • Performance on previous grants received from the Indiana Supreme Court

Distribution of Grant Funds
Grantees must limit the amount and timing of cash requests to the minimum amount necessary to meet actual and immediate program needs and requirements. Cash cannot be requested and then held for future expenditures. 

The CIP reserves the right to reduce the grant award or terminate the grant at anytime if it becomes apparent that the grant funds are not being used or will not be expended by the end of the grant term.  The final cash request must be received by October 15, 2015.

Adjusting Budgets
Grantees may be asked to submit an adjusted budget if the amount awarded did not equal the amount requested, or otherwise upon request of the CIP.

Reporting Requirements
Quarterly reports will be due on January 30th, April 30th, July 30th and October 30th.  A final report is due within 45 days of the end of the grant period.   All reports must be submitted on CIP Grant forms located at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/cip/2357.htm.

Submission Date 
Applications must be submitted electronically and by mail. Applications submitted electronically must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on August 14, 2014 and should be emailed to angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov in Microsoft Word format.  Original signed applications must be mailed to:

Indiana Judicial Center
Attention Angela Reid-Brown
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 900
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3564.

If you have questions about the Court Improvement Program or would like assistance completing the application, please contact Angela Reid-Brown at angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov  or 317-232-1313.

Document Title File Type
2014 Grant Application Word
Professional Development Scholarship Application Word
Professional Development Scholarship Expense Documentation Form Word
Quarterly Fiscal & Program Report Word
Final Report Word
Cash Request Form Word