Awards & Grants


To support and encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution throughout the country at the local, state, and national level, the College has established a Grant program.


Awarded to the Maine Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Services “CADRES” program for use in the development and implementation of a pilot program for alternative dispute resolution services in the area of harrassment.  The CADRES Program Director is Diane Kenty.


Awarded to the University of Montana Community Dispute Resolution Center Mediation Clinic to continue the study and practice of alternative dispute resolution and provide training to students in mediation practice serving the Missoula community.  The Mediation Clinic Director is Eduardo R.C. Capulong.
See:   University of Montana School of Law – News


Awarded to the Community Justice Network of Vermont and the Vermont Bar Association – ADR Committee to increase  utilization of mediation by the public, raise awareness of the availability of community mediation, and recruit pro-bono mediators to service an increased demand for mediation services.


Awarded to Prison of Peace, a training program co-founded by Laurel Kaufer and Fellow Douglas Noll, designed to embed personal and group Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution skills into the prison culture at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA.  Valley State Prison for Women serves the community of inmates of more than 3,600 female offenders.  In 2011, over 50 inmates will be trained as instructors, mentors, and/or coaches to make the project internally
self-sustaining.  Link:  Prison of Peace 

This 10 minute documentary is a compelling testament to the power of Prison of Peace(Link: 


Awarded to Home Share Now  which facilitates shared housing in central Vermont between people who need affordable housing and seniors.  Grant funds will support applying dispute resolution in the alternative setting of facilitated home sharing.  Specifically to support mediation of needs, expectations, draft agreements, circumstances and conflicts involved in matching home providers and home seekers.  Home Share Now participants are more likely to have a positive experience with the assistance of highly skilled mediation services.   For additional information :  Home Share Now


 Awarded to The National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE),  to assist in funding for the Voices of the Field interview series which records interviews with different leaders in the field of dispute resolution and special education.  The interviews encompass a wide range of topics, including mediation, IEP facilitation, hearing officer training and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement.  The Voices from the Field interview series is made available through the CADRE website @  In addition, to learn more about CADRE, please access this video at:


Awarded to Brav  which is a dispute resolution website that trains, through egames, anyone in conflict resolution and management.   Brav represents secure online conflict resolution through face-to-face video chats, messaging, email, and more utilizing community members as conflict managers.  Brav trainers are integrated into schools, organizations, workplaces and more through the Brav database.  Funding will go for the implementation of the full Brav online platform, marketing, and expanding the user base.

 The Benefits of Brav
·         Improvement of the Individual’s conflict resolution skill set
·         Individuals are empowered through direct compromise
·         Individuals can use this skill set for future issues that arise
·         Brave Ones serve as neutral third parties providing non-bias information
·         Early intervention is possible prior to escalation and potential legal action
·         Provides accountability that is crucial for maintaining peace, and preventing
          future conflict
·         Problem solving through Brav Ones can save money for potential legal costs
·         Greater potential for long lasting personal and professional relationships
·         Use of latest technology improves engagement = greater possibility of
          nonviolent conflict resolution
Additional information available at:  Brav.Org