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

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Grant Application Deadline: August 14, 2014

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 and 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

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