Justice Initiatives’ mission is to educate the community about the court system and to advocate, support and advance its needs and interests.

The purpose of Justice Initiatives (“JI”) is to:

  • Educate and advocate regarding the needs of court system offices and programs within the 26th Judicial District.
  • Receive, hold and disburse funds donated by individuals, foundations, corporations, and
    governmental entities that are earmarked for particular offices, programs and/or services within the 26th Judicial District.
  • Support fundraising activities for court system offices and programs within the districts that we serve consistent with abilities and resources.
  • Advance reforms related to the judicial branch’s organization, structure and/or administration.

To further this mission, JI holds a competitive grant processes to address needs in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial District.  JI will also consider grant proposals outside this process on a case-by-case basis if a demonstrated need is urgent. Any award amounts will be determined based on the merit of the project and available funds.
In addition, JI serves as a funding "pass-through" entity.  Qualified government agencies or ad-hoc organizations who have funds from other sources (i.e., grants, gifts, etc.) may apply to JI to hold and administer those funds.  JI will administer these pass-through funds consistent with the mission statement above and the stated purposes of the grantor.  An annual administrative fee not to exceed 1% of the total amount that JI is being asked to manage will be assessed for "pass-through" services.  This fee may be waived for good cause at the discretion of the board.

JI, also, will be the benefactor of any sales tax refunds received on purchases transacted through the JI account.
In those instances where JI is asked to co-sponsor a fundraising event and act as a pass-through entity for the administration of any funds raised, the requesting agency shall pay JI a fee equal to 25% of the proceeds from the co-sponsored fundraising event.  All fees retained by JI shall be for use at the discretion of the board. 

Grant Requirements:

  • Generally, applicants must be eligible governmental units or agencies or eligible nonprofit organizations recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other tax exempt organizations may be eligible.
  • JI does not award multiple-year awards. Grant recipients can apply in subsequent years for additional funding.
  • All grant recipients are required to provide a written report evaluating the effectiveness of the project in furthering the mission statement above and accounting for grant expenses upon project completion or by an interim date specified by JI. Funds may not be spent for any purpose other than that approved by JI. Any funds not spent for the approved purposes by the date specified are subject to a review process with JI which may include return of the funds not spent to JI.

JI has limited discretionary funds; therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, we do not provide written feedback on proposals that are not funded. All grants are evaluated and awarded in the exclusive discretion of JI.

Timelines for General Process (Not applicable for 2019-2020 grant cycle, see below IMPORTANT NOTE):

Action   Deadline
Application must be postmarked by   September 30
Transmit acknowledgment of receipt of applications   October 15
Notification of Final Grant Awards   December 15
Urgent Grant Consideration    
Application   As necessary
Notification of Decision   As necessary
Funding Pass Through Request   As necessary
Approval of Pass Through Request   30 days from request*
*Or next business day if falling on USPS holiday    


Our grant process is undergoing some significant changes, and we will be accepting grant invitations by invitation ONLY for the 2019-2020 cycle. 


Justice Initiatives, Inc. 
P.O. Box 33545
Charlotte, NC 28233