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The Basics


Improvement Grants help counties develop new programs or processes to improve indigent defense. Improvement Grants are competitive, dependent on available funding, and usually require county matching funds. Funding priorities include the following:

  • New public defender offices
  • New managed assigned counsel systems
  • Mental health, juvenile, or other specialty defender offices
  • Indigent defense coordinators

Interested counties should contact TIDC staff to explore ideas to improve indigent defense.

Learn More

To find out whether your county is eligible for an Improvement Grant, contact TIDC Director of Grant Funding Edwin Colfax:  or (512)936-6994.

You can also read about public defender offices and managed assigned counsel programs on our Publications page.

Or you can also view a presentation on Improvement Grants here:

Apply for an Improvement Grant

Have you talked to TIDC and determined your county is eligible? You can apply here.

Have Questions?

TIDC's Grant Team can help.

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