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Indiana Court Improvement Program (CIP) Grants

Grants to Indiana Courts, Agencies, Educational Institutions, and
Organizations to Benefit Children Involved in Court Proceedings

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Indiana Supreme Court

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08/28/20 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana courts, state agencies, educational institutions, and organizations for programs and projects to better meet the needs of neglected or abused children. Funding is intended to improve 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 purpose of the CIP is to improve outcomes for children and families involved in Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings. 

CIP grants should not be considered indefinite funding for programs/projects. Applications requesting start-up and/or continuation funding are required to include a sustainability plan. Applicants proposing multi-county programs/projects should submit a single application and designate one contact person.

CIP Funding Categories:

  1. Basic Court Improvement: Activities in this category increase or improve:
    • Timeliness and quality of court hearings
    • Timely, clear court orders
    • Court case flow management
    • Legal representation of parties
    • The engagement of the entire family in court processes that involve child welfare, family preservation, family reunification and adoption
    • Handling of cases involving the Indian Children and the Indian Child Welfare Act
    • Incorporating trauma-informed services and practices into court and legal representation practices
    • Incorporating evidence-based practices into court and legal representation practices
    • Increasing collaborative work with Tribes
  2. Data Collection and Analysis: Activities in this category include:
    • Collecting child welfare data and 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
  3. Training and Education: Activities in this category include:
    • 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159862

Term of Contract:

CIP grants are awarded for one year on an October 1 to September 30 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. If a continuation grant is awarded, funding will be provided on a step-down basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to state courts exercising jurisdiction over Children in Need of Services (CHINS), Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) and Dual Status cases, state agencies, educational institutions, and 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 received no later than 4:00p.m. EDT on August 28, 2020.

The Court Improvement Program will send a subaward notification by email to the point of contact listed in the application and the authorizing official. If the application is approved, the email notification will include detailed instructions on how to accept the award and instructions on how to access grant funds. Applicants 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.

Funding Match:
CIP grant funds 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. Applicants must fully identify and document the specific costs or contributions proposed to meet the matching requirement, the source of the funding or contribution, and how the valuation was determined.

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.

Submit questions and email applications to

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

Angela Reid-Brown
Court Improvement Program Administrator

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