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Indiana Court Improvement Program (CIP) Grants

Grants to Indiana Courts to Improve the Court
System for Abused and Neglected Children

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Indiana Supreme Court

Deadline Date:

09/04/19 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Indiana courts for programs and projects to better meet the needs of neglected or abused children involved in court proceedings. Funding is intended to improve the well being, safety and permanency outcomes for children and families. Projects may involve basic court improvements, training and education, and data collection and analysis.

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

Priority consideration will be given to:

  • Current grantees applying for continued program/project support.
  • New CIP applicants.
  • Current grantees applying for funding for a new program/project that has not been previously funded by CIP.

Court Improvement Program Funding Areas: 

Basic Court Improvements. Grant funds are available to support programs/projects that are intended to improve the court process for handling CHINS and TPR proceedings and/or provide for the safety, well-being and permanency needs of abused and neglected children in the child welfare system. Programs/projects eligible for basic court improvement funding include, but are not limited to:

  • CHINS and TPR mediation, facilitation and family group decision making programs;
  • CHINS family dependency drug courts;
  • Court Sponsored National Adoption Month Activities;
  • Other new and innovative programs/projects that will further the goals of the Court Improvement Program.

Data Collection and Analysis. Grant funds are available to improve CHINS/TPR proceedings using a data-informed approach. Programs/projects eligible for data collection and analysis funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Adopting and implementing court performance measures for CHINS and TPR cases;
  • Evaluating current CHINS/TPR related programs/projects;
  • Evaluating strategies to help identify reforms to improve child welfare outcomes.

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 between agencies, courts, and other key stakeholders involved in the child welfare system. Programs/projects eligible for training and education funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Training programs for court personnel, attorneys and community stakeholders in child welfare matters;
  • Development of CHINS and TPR related educational and training materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159862

Estimated Size of Grant:

CIP Grants will typically range from $100 to $35,000. Programs/projects larger than $35,000 may be
considered.

Term of Contract:

CIP grants are awarded for one year on an October 1st – September 30th funding cycle. Each year thereafter,
programs may apply for continued funding on a competitive basis. Continued funding from year to year is
not guaranteed. CIP grant funds may be awarded for the same program/project for a maximum of four years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to state courts exercising jurisdiction over CHINS, TPR, and Dual Status cases.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by email and be received no later than 4:00 PM EDT on September 4, 2019.

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

An applicant can apply for 75% of the total program/project for the first two years. The local match
requirement is 25%. For the third year, the applicant can only request 50% of the total program/project costs
and must provide a 50% match. For the fourth and final year, an applicant can only request 25% of the
program/project cost and must provide 75% match.

Applicants proposing multi-county programs/projects should submit a single application and designate one contact person.

CIP grants are competitive reimbursement grants awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact cip@courts.in.gov for questions.

Court Improvement Program Administrator
angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov

Indiana Office of Court Services
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-1313

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