December 3, 2013
Innovation Grants Announced
Ten Innovation Grants to implement projects proposed by local courts were recently announced by Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence. A 10-member review team of volunteers reviewed 40 proposals submitted to the recently introduced Innovation Grant program. Funds were requested for a range of projects, including training, new applications of technology and program enhancements.
The ten approved projects will cost an estimated $38,600 and range from $500 to $10,000 each. They include promoting extending hours, improving public information through printed and video materials, training for a program to support adolescent women, and development of courtwide databases to enhance operations. The list of grants awarded is linked above.
“This is an exciting new initiative that supports the goals of the Trial Court’s strategic plan,” said Chief Justice Carey. “We wanted to encourage employees to consider ways to improve the delivery of justice and courts across the state stepped up to take advantage of this opportunity. We thank the ten-member review team which brought a great range of expertise to this new program.”
Springfield District Court Clerk Magistrate John Gay and Juvenile Court Judge Dana Gershengorn led the review team’s discussion of the proposals. “The group was impressed by the ideas proposed and held three sessions to ensure thoughtful review,” said Clerk Gay. “It was a challenging task, given the first-time nature of the program, the number of requests, fixed amount of funding, and the varied needs identified across the state.”
Court Administrator Harry Spence announced the successful grants at the Excellence Awards event. “We are proud and pleased with this list of projects. Some projects not selected this time undoubtedly will be back with an amplified proposal for the next round of grants in February. We look forward to an equally or more exciting list.”
The Innovation Grant program will issue another request for proposals in mid-February. Contact Grant Manager Jessica Fix at Jessica.Fix@jud.state.ma.us for information on this initiative.