The Children’s Commission (Commission) administers the federal Court Improvement Program (CIP) grants awarded to each state’s highest court by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The Commission is guided in its use of CIP funds by the Commission’s Strategic Plan, which incorporates strategic objectives relevant to each CIP grant received. The Commission’s strategic objectives are organized into five standing committees – Systems Improvement, Legal Practice & Process, Data, Training, and Dual Status Task Force – as well as through other ad hoc committees such as the Strategic Planning Committee. Each committee is chaired by a Commissioner and members are drawn from the Commission, Collaborative Council, and other stakeholders in the child welfare community.

Decisions to fund grant requests are within the discretion of the Commission and all funding from the Commission is subject to the availability of funds. The Commission or its designees will render decisions on applications for funding through grant review by staff through the Committee or Commission to determine how well the proposal meets the Commission’s Strategic Plan. The Commission maintains that the receipt of an application for grant funding does not obligate the Commission to fund the grant. The Commission makes no commitment that a grant, once funded, will receive subsequent funding.

Fiscal Year 2022 grant applications will be available June 1, 2021, at the links below. Applications must be submitted to the Children's Commission by July 30, 2021.

The online application will identify the applicant’s Internet Protocol (IP) address once information has been entered into the application. This will allow you to return at a later date if needed. To return to the application that has been started, follow the link from the same computer initially used to start the application.


Court Improvement Grant Guidelines and Instructions

Court Improvement Grant Application - This application is now closed.

COVID-19 Response Grant Guidelines and Instructions

COVID-19 Response Grant Application - This application is now closed.

If you have any questions, please email

Additional Forms

Application for Texas Identification Number

Direct Deposit Authorization Form