At the June 20, 2017 Commission meeting, the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission released a guide to submission of compliance plans to meet minimum standards. The Commission also announced the availability of limited grant funds for local governments that fund trial courts to initiate projects that address best practices, improvements, or innovations to the local delivery of indigent defense services. Grants will be awarded up to $80,000 for one year beginning October 1, 2017. Separate from permanent compliance planning, these grants allow for local governments to pursue innovative projects to immediately improve indigent defense.
Read the Innovation Grants announcement and see the application here. As a convenience, a Microsoft Word version of the application is here. Applications must be submitted no later than July 28, 2017 to email@example.com.
For more information about grants from the MIDC, see our grants page.