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Indiana Court Improvement Program (CIP) Grants

Grants to Indiana Courts and Legal Service Providers
to Benefit Children Involved in Court Proceedings

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08/27/21 4:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants to Indiana courts and legal service providers and organizations for activities that improve outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system. Funding is intended to support training, data collection and analysis, and court improvements that achieve improved safety, well-being and permanency for abused and neglected children and their families.

The Indiana Court Improvement Program (CIP) is offering grant funding to assist applicants by improving outcomes for children and families involved in Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) court proceedings.

Funding may be requested for one or more of the following Funding Categories:

  • Basic Court Improvements. Programs/projects intended to improve the court process for handling CHINS and TPR proceedings and/or that are intended to improve safety, permanency, and wellbeing outcomes for children and families. Programs/projects eligible for basic court improvement funding include, but are not limited to: 
    • Mediation in CHINS or TPR cases
    • Programs/projects aimed at removing barriers to permanency, improving time to permanency or improving permanency outcomes for families and children
    • National Adoption Month Activities
    • New and innovative programs/projects that further the goals of the CIP
  • Data Collection and Analysis.  Programs/projects intended to improve CHINS and TPR proceedings using a data informed approach. Programs/projects eligible for data collection and analysis funding include, but are not limited to:
    • Collecting child welfare data and/or outcomes
    • Developing child welfare data collection infrastructure
    • Developing tools necessary for data sharing among child welfare stakeholders
    • 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. Training and education programs to increase child welfare expertise within the legal community or facilitate cross-training opportunities between DCS, courts, and other stakeholders involved in the child welfare system. Programs/projects eligible for training and education funding include, but are not limited to:
    • Increasing judicial and attorney knowledge and expertise
    • Cross-training with multidisciplinary stakeholders in child welfare matters (i.e., court personnel, DCS staff, Parent and children attorneys, GAL/CASAs, probation officers, community stakeholders)
    • Child welfare related training programs and materials 

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GrantWatch ID#: 159862

Term of Contract:

Awards are granted for one year on an October 1st - September 30th funding cycle. Each year thereafter, applicants may apply for continuation of funding on a competitive basis for up to four years. Continued Funding from year to year is not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
• Indiana courts exercising jurisdiction over Children in Need of Services (CHINS), Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) and Dual Status cases
• Indiana legal services, civil legal aid and pro bono organizations providing legal assistance to clients involved in the child welfare system

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by email no later than 4:00p.m. EDT on August 27, 2021. Applications must be received by the deadline date and time.

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

A non-federal share is required for each CIP funding category at the rate of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total budget.

Grants are 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.

Return completed form to

Angela Reid-Brown
Court Improvement Program Administrator

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

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