Indigent Defense Grant Program


The Budget Act of 2020 (Senate Bill 74) established the Indigent Defense Grant Program and appropriated $10,000,000 in funding. Per the Budget Act, $9,800,000 is available for grants to county Public Defenders and up to $200,000 may be allocated for an evaluation of the Indigent Defense Grant Program. Funds awarded under the Indigent Defense Grant Program must be utilized to address the staffing, training, case management needs, or other attorney support of Public Defender Offices.


Request for Applications (RFA)

This Request for Application provides the necessary information to submit an application to the Board of State and Community Corrections for the Indigent Defense Grant.

Indigent Defense Grant Application - Word

Indigent Defense Grant Budget - Excel

Any questions concerning the RFA must be submitted by email to new email.


Summary of Key Dates

Activity Date
Release Request for Applications January 21, 2020
Applications Due to the BSCC February 5, 2021
New Grants Begin February 15, 2021
Mandatory New Grantee Orientation April 29 and 30, 2021. 9:30 – 12:30.