Fund Development for the California Court System

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is seeking a qualified service provider to identify potential public and private funders with an active interest in areas of concern to the California courts. With ever-shrinking budgets and ever-growing public needs for a wide variety of services, the AOC is more actively seeking outside funding for its programs and those of the trial courts.

The prospective service provider should be familiar with public and private grant funding sources in the area of legal services and prevention pertaining to such court-related issues as juvenile dependency and delinquency, domestic violence, supervised visitation by noncustodial parents, conflict resolution, drug courts, other collaborative justice/treatment courts, self-represented litigants, and the like. The prospective provider should also have significant experience in fund development and fund development planning, particularly related to public entities.

This Request for Proposals is being issued on September 30, 2003, with a response date of October 22, 2003. The desired product is a written report profiling potential funders of programs such as those above, as well as recommended next steps for developing a plan for fund development for the state court system. A maximum of $10,000 is available for this contract. Work is anticipated to begin in early November, and should be completed within two months.

There is a possibility that the provider selected will be asked to bid on a subsequent RFP to develop a detailed fund development plan for the state court system. However, any such subsequent work should not be relied upon, nor construed as an obligation by the state to hire the service provider selected for this initial contract.

For further information about this RFP, please contact Lucy B. Smallsreed, Grants Program Administrator, Administrative Office of the Courts, 415-865-7705,

RFP for Fund Development for the California Court System