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Grants to New Jersey Local Education Agencies to Help Youth with Disabilities Transition to Adulthood

Preparing Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Life in the Community, Integrated Employment, and Post-School Success


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Funding Source
New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services, Office of Special Education Programs
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/16 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey local education agencies, including charter schools, for the development of programs for students (ages 16-21) with disabilities. An informational webinar will be held April 21. Recipients will develop model programs that implement transition-focused services within the local community based on the students individualized education program.

Program service options would include: person-centered planning, community-based instruction; and systematic instruction during age-appropriate activities in the community, and facilitating linkages between students and adult service agencies.

The intent of the Preparing Students with IEPs for Life in the Community, Integrated Employment, and Post-School Success project is to promote positive post-school outcomes for students with disabilities through the local education agency’s (LEA) implementation of model practices and program components.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible agencies are LEAs (including Charter Schools) that serve special education High School Students aged 16 through 21.

The LEA must serve a minimum of 6 students with disabilities between the ages of 16-21 under this grant program, and may apply in partnership with another LEA to meet the minimum service level.

LEAs that do not meet the minimum service level may partner with another LEA in order to meet the required service level. A minimum of 6 students aged 16-21 with disabilities must be served.

LEAs are encouraged to develop partnership agreements with other entities such as neighboring LEAs, supported employment providers, and local colleges to facilitate the implementation of this project.

LEAs may also choose to develop partnership agreements with an approved private school for students with disabilities and/or approved clinics and agencies to provide services within the LEA’s local community to meet the needs of students in the program.

LEAs receiving this grant may not partner with entities that provide subminimum wage employment (e.g. sheltered workshops), and entities that provide services outside of the students’ local community.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A technical assistance webinar will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Register to attend here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information
The responsibility for a timely submission resides with the applicant. The Application Control Center (ACC) must receive the complete application through the online Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system at:

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM.

Each eligible applicant must have a logon ID and password to access the system. LEA applicants should contact their district’s web (homeroom) administrator who will complete the registration. Please allow 24-48 hours for the registration to be completed.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Each applicant may apply for up to $333,333 in the first project period.

It is anticipated that the same funding level will be offered in years 2 and 3, contingent on availability of funding.

Term of Contract
Based on the availability of federal resources, this first year of the three-year grant program is September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017.

Subsequent project periods are schedule to occur September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018, and September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019.

Contact Information
Susan Martz, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services
(609) 292-9899

John Worthington, Acting Director
Office of Special Education Programs

NJ Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

Direct questions regarding EWEG access to:

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