Improvements in the Administration of Justice Grants

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Improvements in the
Administration of Justice Grants (AOJ)

The Improvements in the Administration of Justice Grant Program provides funding for projects in four areas:

  • improvement in the operation and management of the court system;
  • improvement and reform of the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice systems;
  • public education and understanding about the law, including law-related education;
  • and promotion and support for public interest legal representation.

AOJ grants are intended to improve the administration of justice in Florida, with emphasis on the process of operating the courts in an effective and expeditious manner. Past projects supported by AOJ grants include a county bar association effort to build a special witness room for child victims and witnesses in the local courthouse and a statewide disability rights group’s efforts to train law enforcement to identify and deal effectively with the mentally disabled.

AOJ grants typically are awarded for demonstration projects with replication potential, as start-up funds or seed money for a one- or two-year period, or for studies, commissions and other types of research. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds.

Grant Amount

Grants vary based on availability of funds.

Grant Cycle

AOJ grant applications are considered in March, June, September and December. The Foundation encourages potential grant applicants to call the Foundation to discuss the proposed project in order to obtain a grant application or determine if a brief concept paper should be submitted for initial screening. In order to allow sufficient time for evaluation by staff, concept papers and grant applications generally should be submitted at least six weeks prior to quarterly board meetings, although the Foundation reserves the right to defer consideration of any concept paper or grant application until the following board meeting.

Grant Eligibility

Applicants eligible for AOJ grants must be not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, or otherwise demonstrate the charitable purposes of the project for which funding is requested. AOJ grants are not awarded to individuals. Because of limited funding, the Foundation generally does not award AOJ grants for direct service programs (e.g. drug treatment or counseling), established programs or replicas of established programs, local community groups, or programs for which there is a governmental responsibility to provide funding.

Any organization that wishes to apply for future grant funding from the Foundation must also register at:

Grant Funding

Funds for these grants comes from IOTA funds.

Grants Awarded

Visit our Grant Database to view current and past grantees.