RFPs/Grants

APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDING BY STATE APPROPRIATION VICTIM OFFENDER RECONCILIATION PROGRAM (VORP) FISCAL YEAR 2024 - 2025

The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Tennessee (VORP) was sanctioned by the legislature in 1993.  Pursuant to this legislation, the Administrative Office of the Courts has grant funds available for fiscal year 2024-2025 for VORP programs based on the statutory criteria listed in T.C.A. §16-20-101 et seq. Centers must be organized as a not-for-profit corporation. 

The grants shall be for services rendered during the time period of July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. Funding awards are dependent upon the availability of state appropriated funding.

The application must be received by the AOC via email  by 4:30 pm Central Time on Friday, April 26, 2024.  Applicants submit the application form and all related documents in PDF format. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader, or Adobe Acrobat DC to fill out the application form; No other type of form will be accepted.  Please do not submit an old form; use the form included on the website; failure to use the correct form can cause the application to be returned.  Extensions for this issue will not be granted.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm that the AOC received the grant application. The applicant’s signature may be signed digitally or the signature page can be signed and emailed as a separate PDF document.  Applications must be emailed to grants@tncourts.gov.  Notification of grant awards will be sent on or about May 15, 2024.

Application Quick Facts

Click here for the VORP Application
 

APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDING BY STATE APPROPRIATION PARENT EDUCATION AND MEDIATION FUND (PEMF) FISCAL YEAR 2024 - 2025

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 grants shall be for services rendered during the time period of July 1, 2025 through June 30, 2025. Funding awards are dependent upon the availability of state appropriated funding.  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. 
The application must be received by the AOC via email by 4:30 pm Central Time on Friday, April 26, 2024.  Applicants submit the application form and all related documents in PDF format. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader, or Adobe Acrobat DC to fill out the application form; No other type of form will be accepted.  Please do not submit an old form; use the form included on the website; failure to use the correct form can cause the application to be returned.  Extensions for this issue will not be granted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm that the AOC received the grant application. The applicant’s signature may be signed digitally or the signature page can be signed and emailed as a separate PDF document.  Applications must be emailed to grants@tncourts.gov.  Notification of grant awards will be sent on or about May 15, 2024.

Application Quick Facts

Click here for the PEMF Application 
 

** Awards are contingent upon receipt of federal funding by the Administrative Office of the Courts.  The AOC expects to offer funding as long as revenue continues.   It is expected that the AOC will have approximately $200,000.00 in total funding to distribute across Tennessee.
 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE GRANT

Under a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI-01-N-210-C03-1), the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management, in collaboration with the American Judges Association, is pleased to provide judges access to an online course on Substance Abuse.

This course explores the nature of alcohol and other drug abuse as well as the dynamics of recovery in the court context. It is intended as a primer for judges who handle all types of case. Its goal is to encourage judges in all types of courts to share current information and work with experts in other disciplines to develop new systematic approaches to address this large and challenging court population. The course was created using "WebCT" instructional software and requires users to enroll prior to accessing course content and materials. The enrollment process requires participants to provide a full name, email address and phone number.

ICM is also asking participants to identify their court organization and position/title for course demographic purposes. Upon enrollment in the course participants are able to navigate the course at their own pace in an individualized setting in a secured environment.

To access the course, please go to the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management "Free Resources" website.

Select the Judicial Education on Substance Abuse course. You will be directed to an enrollment page where you will be required to complete the registration form and click on the submit button once completed. An email response will be returned to you within 48 hours with a user name and password. Follow the enrollment instructions to access the course.

If you are having problems accessing the registration page or the WebCT Substance Abuse course please email elearning@ncsc.dni.us.

This Educational Curriculum was prepared with the support of a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI-01-N-063). Points of view expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.

 

ACCESS AND VISITATION GRANT (A&V): INITIATIVES SERVING SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS WITH CHILD SUPPORT ISSUE

The Administrative Office of the Courts will have funds available through the Access and Visitation Grant for the development of or continuation of initiatives that will address the needs of never-married parents and focus on services to help them resolve any or all issues concerning parenting and visitation in child support cases or cases involving child support issues. These initiatives may include Mediation, Developing Parenting Plans, Parent Education, Providing legal information or legal services for self-represented litigants, and Supervised Visitation of private party cases (non-DCS cases).

Grant Information:

The grant cycle is from October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2025. Applicants must be a unit of government or a non-profit organization. Applicants must provide signatures of presiding judge of the trial court in the district OR the judge(s) presiding over the court(s) receiving access and visitation services. At least one (1) letter of support from the court expected to receive grant paid services.

Awards are contingent upon receipt of federal funding by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The AOC expects to offer funding if revenue continues. It is expected that the AOC will have approximately $162,000 in total funding to distribute across Tennessee.

Application Deadline and Requirements:

The application deadline is July 31, 2024, 4:30 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted in a fillable PDF form provided by the AOC. The applicant’s signature may be signed digitally, or the signature page can be signed and uploaded as a separate document. Applications must be emailed to grants@tncourts.gov. Please be advised if the application is not in the proper format it will be returned to the applicant and may cause delays in processing.

Notification of grant awards will be sent mid-August 2024.

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If you have any questions, contact

Dana Schmidt,
Programs Manager
Phone: (615) 741-2687
Email: dana.schmidt@tncourts.gov

 

PEMF and VORP Deadlines

April 26, 2024 at 4:30 pm CST
A/V application deadline FY 2024-2025