AAA-ICDR Foundation Responds to Need for Conflict Resolution Amid Pandemic and Racial Injustice

The AAA-ICDR Foundation has established a new grant opportunity that will award one or two grants, up to a total of $250,000 each, to support programs that will address either of the following:

  • COVID-19 Response: Make ADR processes more accessible and generally available or utilize them to improve traditional options for resolving disputes in the U.S. justice system.
  • Racial Injustice Response: Create innovative and additional ways to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue with one another and/or with government authorities including the police to address long-standing racial discrimination in the U.S., such as differences in the use of force in interactions with people in communities on the basis of race.

Eligible programs must have the capability to become operational in a short period of time, serve a significant diverse number of people, and make their work available to generate easy replication. Interested organizations are required to submit a preliminary application by August 14, 2020. The AAA-ICDR Foundation will select a limited number of applicants to draft a more detailed proposal.

To view the application, please see the link below titled Initial Description of Grant Request

To apply, please visit the Foundation’s online grants portal to submit an application. Only online submissions will be accepted. 

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AAA-ICDR Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund

The AAA-ICDR Foundation is pleased to announce the Diversity Scholarship Fund which has been established through a special gift by the American Arbitration Association. 

The fund grants diverse law students/professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference. The mission of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to encourage diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR by supporting the pursuit of knowledge and skill development through training experiences that encourage inclusive leadership growth in the field of ADR.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly until appropriated funds are expended. Please click here to access the application and further instructions. 
 

What We've Funded


Grants Awarded in 2020

The AAA-ICDR Foundation funded seventeen grants in its fifth funding cycle. In its review, the Foundation’s primary focus was on innovative and replicable proposals that specifically focused on one or more of the following areas, priority was given to grants that focused on restorative justice and access to justice in arbitration: Restorative justice, Access to justice in arbitration, ADR for vulnerable and underserved populations, ADR for community focused dispute resolution, Providing opportunities for dialogue in situations involving racial, ethnic and religious conflict. Beyond these specific focus areas, the Foundation remained committed to funding high-quality, innovative programs dedicated to mediation/other non-binding ADR processes and arbitration/other binding ADR processes. The Foundation, after a careful review of all of the submissions and the presentation of full grant proposals, approved the following seventeen grants totaling over $555,000 in funding:

African Arbitration Association: $25,750 to develop and publish Africa-related standards and guidelines on international arbitration practices by performing a needs-analysis and conceptualizing and formulating the necessary documentation and conducting train the trainer sessions.
 

Center for Applied Insight Conflict Resolution, LLC: $14,594 to create, produce and disseminate 4 videos that depict Insight Policing conflict resolution strategies for law enforcement. 
 

Center for Conflict Resolution: $40,000 to support conflict resolution training and re-entry mediation services to youth at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. 
 

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment: $25,000 to identify lessons learned from investor-state dispute prevention mechanisms established by different countries.


Conflict Resolution Center: $30,000 to develop and launch two Mediation programs to meet the needs of Elders, caregivers and their families in Minnesota.
 

Creative Response to Conflict: $40,000 to fund restorative justice circles & resources for inmates & those harmed at Rockland County Jail & Taconic & Bedford women’s prisons, pre- & post-release, enable them to take responsibility & feel welcomed back to the community to reduce recidivism. 
 

DC Refers: $5,000 to grow our online directory of qualified mediators willing to mediate cases at below-market rates.
 

Essential Partners: $25,000 to support a new series of interfaith dialogues to increase capacity for dialogue and engagement, create shareable resources, expand public reach, and deepen interfaith connections.
 

Good Shepherd Mediation Program: $22,000 to build capacity of residents in a low-income, mostly minority neighborhood to address conflict and reduce violence by training community members in restorative practices and by conducting Dialogue Circles focusing on identified issues.


Mediation Center of Dutchess County: $25,000 to establish an experience-focused training and apprenticeship project in Restorative Practices targeting bilingual community-based trainees in order to create a panel of Spanish-speaking facilitators.  
 

New York Peace Institute: $50,000 to implement an ongoing, holistic response to community conflict that builds on current local partnerships and programs and trains community leaders and youth in mediation, conflict response skills, and restorative practices.
 

NULAI Nigeria: $75,000 to support young persons from 5 university law clinics and 15 secondary schools from Northern Nigeria with knowledge, skills, and values in facilitating peaceful dialogue using conflict transformation and peacebuilding approaches.   
 

Peoria County Court Administration: $25,000 to expand and enhance the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois' new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program.  
 

Research Foundation of CUNY obo John Jay College: $50,000 to create a national online conflict resolution resource platform for libraries experiencing mental health conflicts in public spaces and partner with library associations to reach thousands of librarians and their communities.
 

Resolution Systems Institute: $9,000 to fund research and development of two court ADR resource guides: one focusing on restorative justice and the other on diversity and inclusion. 
 

The Divided Community Project: $53,000 to expand the training Academy to leaders nationally to equip them with tools to strengthen democratic engagement and address civil unrest and community division.
 

The National Institute for Civil Discourse: $41,500 to create a new series of online civil discourse training modules, Engaging Differences, to engage Americans nationwide.



Grants Awarded in 2019

The AAA-ICDR Foundation funded fifteen grants in its fourth funding cycle. The Foundation received over one hundred Initial Descriptions of Grant Requests. The Foundation, after a careful review of all of the submissions and the presentation of full grant proposals, approved the following fifteen grants totaling over $450,000 in funding:

ABA Arbitration Competition: $10,000 to fund ABA's annual Law Student Division Competition.
 

ACR Elder Justice Initiative on Eldercaring Coordination: $17,400 to fund the production of videos explaining the process and demonstrating best practices of Eldercaring Coordination. 
 

Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center: $25,000 to provide a 6-week peer mediation training in communities of color in Los Angeles County.
 

Big Mouth Productions: $30,000  to fund mediated police-community dialogues using the documentary film CHARM CITY in cities across the US.
 

Community Mediation Maryland: $30,000 to support a recidivism study on re-entry mediation.
 

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio: $25,000 to support on-site mediators daily at Franklin County eviction court providing free ADR services to landlords and low-income tenants facing imminent eviction. 
 

Conservation International: $53,894.30 to fund the creation of indigenous negotiators from Africa who can train others in the skill of negotiations to reduce conflicts arising from development projects encroaching on indigenous territories.


Divided Community Project/Ohio State: $45,000 to expand the inaugural training Academy to leaders from across the nation to equip them with tools to strengthen democratic engagement and address civil unrest and community division.


Essential Partners: $24,997.50 to expand the capacity of a community dialogue program in North Carolina, cultivating relationships of trust between police, activists, and citizens through dialogues on race, public safety, and community-police relations.


Institute for Communication & Management of Conflicts D.U.C.K.S: $21,000 to expand the Prison of Peace program in Greece, by teaching peacemaking to inmates and prison personnel to promote a culture of peaceful conflict resolution.
 

NAFCM: $49,260 to fund a structured listening restorative-based process to be able to help communities with conflict around racial, gender and economic inequities. 
 

Quabbin Mediation: $25,000 to develop an online Training Active Bystander's teaching method.
 

Research Foundation of CUNY: $35,000 to develop user-friendly conflict resolution training and referral programs for supportive housing providers serving thousands living with mental illness.
 

Resolutions Northwest: $24,500 to establish a statewide network of twenty Mediators of Color to provide Oregon's historically white ADR standards, practices and institutions with equity, racial and social justice-informed frameworks and practices.
 

Water Resources Action Project Inc.: $35,000 to support water harvesting environmental peace-building activities with teachers and students from Hebrew and Arabic speaking schools in Israel.

 

Grants Awarded in 2018

The AAA-ICDR Foundation funded nineteen grants in its third funding cycle. The Foundation received over ninety Initial Descriptions of Grant Requests. The Foundation, after a careful review of all of the submissions and the presentation of full grant proposals, approved the following nineteen grants totaling over $500,000 in funding:

ABA Fund for Justice and Education: $10,000 to fund ABA's annual Law Student Division Arbitration Competition.

 

Arizona State University Foundation: $59,789 to fund empirical study with goal of providing guidance about what needs to be accomplished during opening stages of mediation. 

 

Association for Conflict Resolution Elder Justice Initiative on Eldercaring Coordination: $32,136 to fund training and expansion of elder caring coordination, a form of conflict resolution. 

 

Association for the Organization and Promotion of the Vienna Mediation and Negotiation Competition: $5,000 to fund the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition Vienna, which is an educational event in the field of international negotiation and mediation. 

 

Community Mediation Services: $15,181 to fund facilitated dialogues by experienced Restorative Practitioner between youth, community and law enforcement in New Orleans Police Department 1st District. 

 

Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County: $40,000 to fund training and direct ADR services in substance abuse centers in Baltimore County, MD. 

 

Consensus Building Institute: $77,050 to fund pilot program in Piermont, NY to train local residents who will spearhead collaborative neighborhood dialogues on resilience planning against rising sea levels and increased flood risks. 

 

CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College: $30,000 to fund online access to conflict resolution resources for families worldwide dealing with mental illness. 

 

Environmental Advocates of New York: $10,000 to fund Advocacy Crisis Training for environmental justice communities. 

 

Essential Partners: $24,854 to fund trainings for teaching at-risk youth to lead and participate in more constructive dialogues about conflict and difference. 

 

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program: $24,921 to fund podcast series intended to help support teaching around dialogue on challenging topics including racial, ethnic and religious conflict. 

 

Institute for Communication and Management of Conflicts – D.U.C.K.S:  $12,000 to fund teach the Prison of Peace (PoP) Peacemaker, Mediator and Train the Trainer Workshops in 2 men's prisons in Greece. 

 

International Mediation Institute: $25,000 to fund The Global Pound Conference North America Report. 

 

Kennesaw State University, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development:  $25,000  to fund creating working model in Athens, Greece to promote dialogue and reduce violence from racial, ethnic, and religious conflict. 

 

King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution:  $29,850 to fund the Theatre of Mediation where mediators, actors and students present role-play mediations based on real cases involving themes of racial conflict to schools, community groups and in public forums. 

 

Quabbin Mediation:  $20,000 to fund expansion of Training Active Bystanders (TAB) model throughout New England to diverse groups. 

 

The Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice: $50,000 to fund convening of Dispute Resolution Hackathon events with community stakeholders for equitable, unbiased and humane enforcement of the law. 

 

The Mediation Center: $20,500 to fund creation of standardized online mediation and community dialogue training modules that can be accessed without cost across the state of Tennessee. 

 

The Ohio State University Foundation: $40,000 to fund development and conducting national "academy" targeted to strengthening local leadership capacity to use and collaborate with community mediation experts to plan for and address civil unrest. 

 

Grants Awarded in 2017

The AAA-ICDR Foundation funded 11 grants in its second funding cycle. The Foundation received 92 Initial Descriptions of Grant Requests. Led by its Grants Committee, the Foundation, after a careful review of all of the submissions and the presentation of full grant proposals, approved the following 11 grants totaling approximately $410,000 in funding:
 

Addressing Unconscious Bias in International Arbitration: $25,000 to fund educational series and mentorship to promote equality, diversity, access to justice, and leadership opportunities. ArbitralWomen Unconscious Bias Toolkit.
 

Best Uses of ADR to Respond to and Plan for Community Divides: $40,000 to fund a study that describes local ADR responses and planning initiatives to address controversies that divide communities and development of a Community Preparation Assessment Test tool for community use. Ohio State University Foundation on behalf of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's Divided Community Project.  


Columbia Law School Research of Twilight Issues in International Arbitration: $25,000 to fund analysis and development of best practices for twilight issues that are not clearly substantive or procedural with global presentations and publication.


Conflict De-Escalation Training for Police Officers in Baltimore Schools: $25,040 to fund training for Baltimore City School Police and other school staff. University of Maryland Training in Conflict De-Escalation and Management. 
 

Cultivating Dialogue Between Dominant and Non-Dominant Communities in Minnesota: $45,000 to continue funding a transformative project to produce qualitative change in the type of engagement currently taking place between dominant and nondominant communities in Minnesota. Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law 2017 Talk with Purpose: Using Dispute Resolution to Engage Communities and Foster Relationships for Constructive Change. 


New York State Unified Court System Online Dispute Resolution Platform
: $125,000 to fund multi-year pilot for court online dispute resolution (ODR) for small claims cases. 


Online Pro Bono Legal Advice
: $25,000 to provide low-income citizens access to brief legal advice via an online interactive website, utilizing pro bono attorneys. ABA Fund for Justice and Education: ABA Free Legal Answers. September 2019 Report
 

Promoting Peace and Tolerance Through Leadership and ADR Training for Women in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine: $25,000 to support training scholarships for female community leaders from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine for advanced mediation and leadership training, focused on promoting peace and interfaith/interethnic tolerance. Project Kesher: Training for Women in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.


Promoting Peace Through Leadership and ADR Training for Women in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela: $25,500 for training scholarships to enable women community leaders to complete four days of advanced mediation and community leadership training. Mediators Beyond Borders International—Women in Peacebuilding.
 

The Curators of The University of Missouri: Reasoning in International Commercial Arbitration: Comparisons Across the Common Law-Civil Law Divide, the Domestic-International Divide, and the Judicial - Arbitral Divide:  $25,396 to fund research on arbitral reasoning in arbitral awards. |


Training for Mediating Parties with Mental Health Issues
: $24,998 to fund scalable mediation training for certified peer specialists to serve an underserved population of peers living with mental health issues. Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of John Jay
College: The Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative.
 

Grants Awarded in 2016

In May 2016, the AAA-ICDR Foundation completed its inaugural funding cycle. The Foundation sent out a press release in October 2015 announcing its inaugural round of grant solicitations. In response, the Foundation received 75 Initial Descriptions of Grant Requests. After a careful review of all of the submissions and the presentation of full grant proposals,the Foundation, led by its Grants Committee, approved the following six grants totaling approximately $175,000 in funding:   

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – Annual Law Student Arbitration Competition: $10,000 to defray operating expenses, making the event more attractive and affordable for law schools participating in the next competition for the 2016-2017 school year, as law schools have increasingly reduced discretionary funds available. The competition format introduces students to arbitration and allows students to learn and practice skills relating to arbitration advocacy, such as crafting opening and closing statements, introducing evidence, creating demonstrative evidence, preparing witnesses, and developing case themes. This will be the 13 year of the competition.


Consensus Building Institute – Innovative ADR in Groundwater Sustainability to Manage California Drought: $25,000 for CBI to highlight and promote the use and the central role of ADR in connection with the implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The creation of a multi-media report (including mini case studies, video segments, and blogs) that highlights the state’s impressive use of innovative dispute resolution and collaboration to address conflict and create new government structures will help CBI ensure the sustainability of local groundwater basins. This grant proposal is an opportunity to analyze and highlight the unique role that ADR is playing in this public policy issue that truly goes to the heart of water conflict in California. 


Cultivating Dialogue Between Dominant and Non-Dominant Communities in Minnesota: $24,998 for OCDR/DRI to conduct a transformative project to produce qualitative change in the type of engagement currently taking place between dominant and non-dominant communities in Minnesota. Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law 2016 Talk with Purpose: Using Dispute Resolution to Engage Communities and Foster Relationships for Constructive Change.
 

Prison Inmate Mediation Training: $75,000 to fund a 40-hour mediation workshop for 30-50 inmates. The workshop will be conducted in one cohort to be completed in 7-10 weeks, creating a new cadre of desperately needed inmate mediators at Valley State Prison and to fund train the trainer program at Valley State Prison, aimed at training new mediators as well as developing a cadre of inmate mediation trainers. Prison of Peace 2016 Valley State Prison Mediation Training Program. 
 

Promoting Peace Through Leadership and ADR Training for Women in Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand: $25,500 for training scholarships required to enable women community leaders from Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand to complete four days of advanced mediation and community leadership training in Djakarta, Indonesia. Mediators Beyond Borders International—Women Peacebuilding: Enhancing Skills and Practice Training. 
 

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law—Straus Institute Annual Global Summit on Conflict Management, September 2016
: $15,000 to supplement the investment of the Straus Institute in supporting the convening of working groups and planners in advance of a summit that will bring together individuals and organizations from all over the world to discuss common issues and concerns associated with complex dispute resolution processes.