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

Court Improvement Program (CIP) Grants


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Funding Source
Indiana Supreme Court
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/28/23 4:00 PM EDT Receipt Save

Grant Description
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 for training, data collection, and court improvements that achieve enhanced safety, well-being, and permanency for abused and neglected children and their families.

The purpose of the Court Improvement Program (CIP) is to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes by:

  • Assisting courts in carrying out state laws relating to Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings;
  • Enhancing collaboration between courts, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), and tribes; and
  • Increasing child welfare expertise within the legal community and facilitating cross-training opportunities among agencies, tribes, courts, and other key stakeholders.

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

  • System Improvements. Innovative programs/projects intended to improve the court process for handling CHINS, TPR, or Dual Status cases and/or that are intended to improve safety, timely permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families. Programs/projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:
    • New and emerging child welfare programs/projects that further the goals of the CIP
    • 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.
  • 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. 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, and community stakeholders)
    • Child welfare-related training programs and materials.


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 4:00 p.m. EDT on July 28, 2023.

Grants are awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis.

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

A 25 percent (25%) match derived from non-federal sources is required. For more information on the match requirements, see

Estimated Size of Grant
Funds awarded under the Indiana CIP may not constitute more than 75% of the total program cost.

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.

Contact Information
Return the completed form to

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

Colleen Saylor
Court Improvement Program

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