The high court announced Friday that the eight counties will receive a total $74,000 in grants, with amounts ranging from $2,000 to $19,000. Money can be used for numerous programs such as information sharing, facilitation and pre-trial conferencing, or affordable alternative dispute resolution. The funding is considered "seed money" and courts are expected to eventually become self-funding.
Grant recipients are: Allen County $14,000, Lake County $11,000, LaPorte County $8,000, Owen County $2,000, Putnam County $2,000, St. Joseph County $19,000, Tippecanoe County $9,000, and Vigo County $9,000.
This money is funneled through the Indiana Family Court Project, which began in 1999 and now entails 23 counties with family courts receiving more than $1 million in grants since the start.