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Education Support Program (ESP)

Grants to USA Judges and Court Managers
for Professional Development Courses

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State Justice Institute (SJI)

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08/01/20 Postmarked or Received


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Grants of up to $1,000 to USA and territories court managers and full-time state court judges to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Funding enables grantees to attend courses to improve their skills, abilities, and knowledge which they may not otherwise attend due to limited local, state, and personal budgets.

The Education Support Program (ESP) only covers the cost of tuition. Awards will be made for the exact amount requested for tuition. Funds to pay tuition in excess of the maximum, and other costs of participating in a course such as travel, transportation, meals, materials, and transportation to and from airports (including rental cars) at the site of the education program, must be obtained from other sources or be borne by the ESP award recipient.

Awards are only for courses presented by the NJC and ICM in a U.S. jurisdiction to participants in the U.S. or U.S. Territories. These courses are designed to enhance the skills of new or experienced judges and court managers. Participation during annual or mid-year conferences or meetings of a state or national organization does not qualify for ESP purposes, even though the conference may include workshops or other training sessions.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175916

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Education Support Program (ESP) only covers the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $1,000 per award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Because of the limited amount of funding available, only full-time judges of state or local trial and appellate courts; full-time professional state or local court personnel with management responsibilities or on a professional career track; and supervisory and management probation officials in judicial branch probation offices are eligible for the program.

Senior judges, part-time judges, quasi-judicial hearing officers including referees and commissioners, administrative law judges, staff attorneys, law clerks, line staff, law enforcement officers, and other executive branch personnel are not eligible.

Applicants are limited to one ESP award every other fiscal year (i.e. if awarded an ESP in FY 2018, the applicant will remain ineligible until FY 2020), unless the course specifically assumes multi-year participation as part of a certificate program.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application deadlines are: November 1, February 1, May 1, and August 1, and correspond with the federal fiscal year quarters. The SJI Board meets on a federal fiscal year quarterly basis to make funding decisions because SJI is federally funded.

More information regarding deadlines may be found here:

Beginning in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017), the National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Center for State Courts/Institute for Court Management (ICM) will administer the ESP program separately, in partnership and with funding from SJI.

For NJC courses:

To seek an ESP to attend an NJC course, simply find the course you wish to attend on the NJC website:, and click “register.” During the registration process, the website will ask whether you need a scholarship to attend. Simply follow the online instructions to request tuition assistance.

For ICM courses:

To seek an ESP to participate in the ICM Fellows Program, submit a completed application to ICM Education Program Manager Amy McDowell (see contact details below).

To seek an ESP to participate in an ICM course, find the course you wish to attend on the ICM website, and click “register.” During the registration process, the website will ask if you need a scholarship to participate. Follow the online instructions to request tuition assistance.

Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Bluemer, NJC Scholarship Coordinator

Amy McDowell, ICM Education Program Manager

Margaret Allen, ICM Director of National Programs

State Justice Institute
11951 Freedom Drive, Suite 1020
Reston, VA 20190

P: 571.313.8843
F: 571.313.1173

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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