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Contracts for Services to New Hampshire Agencies and Organizations
for Work-Training Programs for Youth with Disabilities

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New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) - Bureau of Student Support

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07/24/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Contracts for services to New Hampshire agencies and organizations for work-training programs for youth with disabilities. Funding is intended to develop or enhance programs that provide youth with disabilities with skills development, internships, and classroom training to enable them to gain and maintain employment.

The purpose of this RFP is to seek proposals from agencies/organizations interested in developing a new or enhancing and improving an existing Project SEARCH sites, consistent with the Project SEARCH school-to-work core model and guidelines, in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Student Support and Vocational Rehabilitation, by offering students and young adults with disabilities the tools and training they need to work within a field that aligns with their identified strengths, interests, and abilities. The program shall be broken down into three training areas including, skills development, on-site classroom instruction/training, and rotational internships. The selected sites will enable students and young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment.

Project SEARCH is a 9-12 month program that provides immersion in a large community business. The program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and focuses on sector-based training which takes place entirely at the host business. The person-centered philosophy of Project SEARCH helps students build upon skills that will lead to a career, and allows them to graduate with measurable skill gains leading to employment. The Program focuses on serving students and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities (acquired before age 22, such as intellectual disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, autism, etc.). The Sites provide consistent on-site staff including a certified teacher and work-site trainers.

For a list of services to be provided, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185935

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Number of Grants:

Up to 5 contracts

Estimated Size of Grant:

The cost for the contract shall not exceed $100,000 annually or $500,000 total for the one-year contract period.

Term of Contract:

Contracts are for one year, effective upon Governor and Council approval and through June 30, 2020. Based on the performance and identified ongoing need, the Department reserves the right to renew the contract for an additional three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Bureau of Student Support is seeking proposals from agencies and organizations.

Minimum Requirements:
- Knowledge of the Project SEARCH standards and model fidelity.
- Knowledge of the implementation guidelines and regulations.
- Ability to provide on-the-job training, classroom teaching, and rotational internships.
- Knowledge of effective practices in recruiting, engaging and managing personnel.
- Have been a Project SEARCH site in the past 3 years, or are a current SEARCH site.
- Ability to provide appropriate professional and support staff, including curriculum teacher.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Wednesday, July 24, 2019 pm 4:00 PM.

The deadline for receipt of inquiries is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 28, 2019. The Department of Education (Department) will address inquiries received by the deadline, in writing. If they are determined to be vital to the competitive bidding process, a written response will be sent no later than five (5) working days after the deadline to all who submitted inquiries.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Barbara Dauphinais
New Hampshire Department of Education
Bureau of Student Support
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Phone: 603-271-3791
Fax: (603) 271-1099

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USA: New Hampshire