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AOC Grant Program Overview

For courts seeking grant funding of up to $50,000, the AOC Grant Program has two funding sources available to Nevada trial courts: The Uniform System of Judicial Records (USJR) Grant funds projects to improve the ability to provide accurate and timely mandatory USJR statistical information to the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Trial Court Improvement (TCI) Grant funds projects addressing court requirements in the areas of technology, security, and court interpreters.

Qualifying Areas

Uniform System for Judicial Records

The USJR Grant funds projects aligned with the purpose of USJR reporting. USJR is defined as: A system by which statistics and other data regarding the operation of the State Court System are collected, compiled, and transmitted to the Supreme Court. Allocation of assessment fees distributed to the AOC through the USJR Grant for the “development of a uniform system for judicial records” are listed in priority and include:

  1. Statewide Statistical Systems and Automation Effort;
  2. Court Automation System;
  3. Data and Information; and
  4. Other.

Unless the grant request is specifically for the purpose of becoming compliant with the reporting requirements of USJR, the requester must be current with USJR reporting to the Research and Statistics Unit of the AOC to qualify.

Trial Court Improvement

The Trial Court Improvement (TCI) Grant funds projects addressing court order, statutory, or procedural requirements in the areas of technology, security, and court interpreters for Nevada trial courts.

Match Requirements:

Grant Request Amount Cash Match Requirement
$0 to $5,000 0%
$5,001 to $50,000 30%

Timeline for FY18 AOC Grants (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018):

Event Begin  Date End Date
Courts submit grant funding request 7/01/17 7/31/17
Coordination of Grant Review Board based on types of requests submitted 8/01/17 8/31/17
Grant Review Board reviews and recommends requests 9/01/17 9/30/17
Recommendations forwarded to Executive Committee 10/01/17 10/31/17
Grants reviewed by the Executive Committee and award notifications distributed 11/01/17 12/31/17
Grant agreements completed and funding provided to courts 1/01/18 2/15/18
Grant projects completed; final reports, narratives, and receipts submitted to AOC in accordance with Grant Agreement terms 2/16/18 6/30/18


Steps to Submit:

  1. Download and review the AOC Grant Program Guidelines
  2. Download and review the AOC Grant Tips & Tricks  and/or view the AOC Distance Education Program's webinar, Show Me the Money: Grant Writing Tips and Tricks
  3. Complete required documents
    1. Grant application coversheet 
    2. Letter of request (letter should include the items below). Refer to pages 8 and 9 of the Guidelines for additional details.
      1. Title and description of project
      2. Name and address of court
      3. Name and contact information for primary point of contact
      4. The estimated time schedule of proposed project
      5. The grant for which the request is being made (USJR or TCI)
      6. Authorizing signature (Chief Judge, Court Administrator, or judges)
       
    3. Project narrative (narrative should include the items below). Refer to page 9 of the Guidelines for additional details.
      1. Why is the project needed and how it will benefit the requesting court?
      2. Existing situation/problem and existing resources to address the problem
      3. Proposed changes and objectives
      4. Tasks and methods
      5. Will other courts benefit from the project?
      6. Other alternatives considered
      7. How does the project comply with the grant purposes?
      8. How will the effects and quality of the project be determined?
      9. What obstacles must be overcome for successful implementation of the project?
      10. What risks are associated with the project?
       
    4. Budget
      1. AOC Grant Program Application Budget Worksheet 
      2. Budget narrative
       
    5. Project schedule (should outline the following). Refer to page 11 of the guidelines for additional information.
      1. Phases and timeline
      2. Roles and responsibilities
      3. Measurements and major deliverables
       
    6. Signed assurances 
     
  4. Mail application to:

AOC Grant Program Administrator
Administrative Office of the Courts
201 S. Carson Street, Suite 250
Carson City, NV 89701

Contact Information:

Please contact the AOC Grant Program Administrator if you have questions or require additional information.

AOC Grant Program Administrator
aocgrant@nvcourts.nv.gov
(775) 687-9808

Grant Documents:

  1. AOC Grant Program Brochure  
  2. AOC Grant Program Guidelines 
  3. AOC Grant Program Application Coversheet 
  4. AOC Grant Program Application Budget Worksheet 
  5. AOC Grant Program Application Signed Assurances Form
  6. AOC Grant Program Project Status Report Form
  7. AOC Grant Program Final Budget Report Form