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Parent Education and Mediation Fund (PEMF)

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and Individuals for Divorce Mediation for Low-Income Families

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Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

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Deadline Date:

04/16/21 4:30 PM CT Receipt


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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, government agencies, and individuals to provide reconciliation and parent education services for low-income families undergoing divorce proceedings. Funding is intended to support new or established initiatives that provide such services.

The Tennessee legislation provides funding to be distributed by the administrative office of the courts, “for the specific purpose of funding the parenting plan requirements pursuant to this part, through the divorcing parent education and mediation fund, which funding includes the costs of court-ordered mediation, parenting education programs and any related services to resolve family conflict in divorce, post-divorce, and other child custody matters.”

Eligible initiatives may include but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment of pro bono attorneys for limited or full-scope representation of parents involved in visitation/custody actions before the court;
  • Conducting pro se clinics for parents who are self-represented regarding the parenting plan process and description of court process, including referral to pro bono or reduced fee attorney with the goal of obtaining a final court order;
  • Interpreters for no cost or reduced fee mediations;
  • Education of the community such as lawyers, mediators, and parents regarding the parenting plan process;
  • Education costs for the training of Rule 31 bilingual mediators;
  • Related services to resolve family conflict in divorce, post-divorce, and other custody matters; and/or
  • Seed money to establish a program that includes some or any of the services listed above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180710

Term of Contract:

The grants shall be for services rendered during the time period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be an individual, group, non-profit, government agency, or corporation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The AOC will be hosting an informational Webinar on April 6th, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Central Standard Time to go over the grant and application process.

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Pre-Application Information:

The application must be received by the AOC via email by 4:30 pm Central Time on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Notification of grant awards will be sent out the following month.

The application must be signed by the presiding judge of the trial court in the district and the judge(s) presiding over the court(s) in which the litigants will be assisted by the initiative.

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

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Administrative Office of the Courts
511 Union Street, Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37219

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