Court Innovations Grant Program

As part of the Budget Act of 2016, the Legislature appropriated $25 million for a competitive grant program known as the Court Innovations Grant Program to be administered by the Judicial Council of California.  The funds are designated for trial and appellate courts to use for the establishment, operation, administration, and staffing of programs and practices that promote innovations, modernization, and efficiency. 

Application Resources

Please send all questions to innovationsgrants@jud.ca.gov

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Important Dates*

Important dates to remember when you are applying for the funding from the Court Innovations Grant Program.

Release of Request for Applications September 1, 2016
Deadline for Questions Related to Applicant Teleconferences September 15, 2016
Applicant Teleconferences September 20, 2016
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply September 26, 2016
Grant Applications Due October 31, 2016
Applications Review November 2016 – March 2017
Presentation to Judicial Council March 2017
Execution of Agreements with Grant Recipients March 30, 2017 – June 1, 2017
Start Date for Grant Expenditures June 1, 2017
End Date for Grant Expenditures June 30, 2020

*Dates and deadlines within the RFA may be modified by the Judicial Branch Budget Committee with the one exception that the grant application may not be due sooner than October 31, 2016.

Judicial Branch Budget Committee

The Judicial Branch Budget Committee will review the grant applications and decide who will receive funds from the Court Innovations Grant Program.

Ad Hoc Working Group on Innovations Grants

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye created the Ad Hoc Working Group on Innovations Grants in June 2016, to develop a competitive grant program for supporting the Judicial Council in awarding funds to courts for innovative and efficient judicial branch services and programs. 

Download the Working Group Roster

  • Hon. David Rosenberg, Chair, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Yolo
  • Hon. Steven D. Barnes, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Kings
  • Hon. Jeffrey B. Barton, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. David M. Chapman, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Hon. Brenda Fay Harbin-Forte, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Hon. Andrea L. Hoch, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
  • Hon. Mary Ann O’Malley, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Mr. Alan Carlson, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Ms. Teresa Risi, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Ms. Charlene Ynson, Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District

By October 31, 2016, the Judicial Council received numerous grant applications requesting grant funds in excess of the grant funds available in the Court Innovations Grant Program.

Until September 26, 2016, the Judicial Council accepted Notices of Intent to Apply from prospective grant applicants.

On September 20, 2016, Judicial Council staff offered two WebEx/teleconference sessions to provide details and answer questions about the Court Innovations Grant Program for interested parties. View the presentation.

On September 1, 2016, the Request for Applications was made available online for courts interested in applying for a grant.

News Release – Judicial Council Seeks Applications for $25 Million Grant Program.

The Ad Hoc Working Group on Innovations Grants presented its Report to the Judicial Council on August 25, 2016. View video.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye created the Ad Hoc Working Group on Innovations Grants in June of 2016, to develop the guidelines and criteria for the competitive grant process associated with the Court Innovations Grant Program.

The Budget Act of 2016 created the Court Innovations Grant Program.

Contact Information

Special Projects Office
2860 Gateway Oaks Dr. #400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Email: innovationsgrants@jud.ca.gov
Phone: 916-643-4612

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