National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

Public Engagement Pilot Projects

The National Center for State Courts Advisory Board on Community Engagement in the State Courts initiative solicits letters of interest from individual or aggregations of trial courts or court systems willing to design and implement a public engagement project designed to (a) improve trust between courts and minority or low-income communities, and (b) make progress on eliminating a disparity and its impact in a specific problem area.  Please find a copy of the Request for Letters of Interest attached.

Up to six pilot projects will be selected to receive funding and other support.  Each pilot project will be expected to do the following:

  • aim to build court-community trust by focusing on one or more of the issues identified in the request (or other issues related to reducing disparities in the courts);
  • measure their progress in addressing their chosen issue(s) of focus; and 
  • complete their project in 18-months or less.

This pilot effort is a joint Collaboration of the National Center for State Courts and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.  Questions related to this request should be directed to or by calling (703) 841-5624.   Inquiries about this request should be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT, Friday, August 3, 2018.

Letters of interest and supplementary materials must be sent electronically to no later than 5:00 pm EDT, Friday, August 31, 2018.  Selected semi-finalist pilot projects will be notified by October 12, 2018.

Further details regarding the solicitation and supplemental resources, including a Toolkit designed to assist courts and communities in visioning effective public engagements, are available here