Application for Grant Funding by State Appropriation Parent Education and Mediation Fund (PEMF)
In 2000, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 889, known as the Tennessee Parenting Plan Law which provides for 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.” T.C.A. §36-6-413.
The AOC has approximately $200,000.00 in grant funds available for fiscal year 2017 - 2018 for the development or continuation of initiatives that will provide these services.* The application must be signed by the presiding judge of the trial court in the district OR the judge presiding over the court in which the litigants will be assisted by the initiative. The application must be received in the AOC offices via mail/fax/email by 4:30 pm on April 13, 2017. Notification of grant awards will be sent on or about May 12, 2017.
* Grants dependent upon state funding.