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Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Grants to North Carolina Organizations and Agencies
for Career Preparation for Students with Disabilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR) and Division of Services for the Blind (NCDSB)

Deadline Date:

09/25/20 5:00 PM Receipt - Applications received after the Deadline for Applications for Initial Awards will be considered on an ongoing basis contingent on funds availability.

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina organizations and agencies to provide career counseling and preparation to students with disabilities. Funding is intended to increase access to activities that expose students with disabilities to employment skills and options, self-advocacy, and postsecondary training.

Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Required Activities: Any or all of the following five activities provided to students with disabilities: (1) job exploration counseling, (2) work-based learning experiences which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside of the traditional school setting (including internships), (3) counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; (4) workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and (5) instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.

Student with a disability: An individual with a disability in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program who is aged 14-21 years and is (1) eligible for and receiving special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or (2) is a student who is an individual with a disability for the purposes of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (34 CFR §361.5(c)(51)).  A postsecondary or other recognized education program must result in a recognized postsecondary education credential (RSA-TAC-17-01). 

To be considered for an award, applicants must meet all of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. The Applicant shall include a plan to provide a minimum of two (2) of the five (5) Pre-ETS Required Activities as defined above to students with disabilities, also defined above.  
  2. The Applicant shall: 
    • provide evidence (e.g., staff resumes, staff position descriptions) that the organization’s direct service staff have three or more years of related experiences with students or youth in the specific area of pre-employment transition services for which the Applicant is applying, 

                     OR

    • provide evidence (e.g., position description, job posting) that the organization will recruit for direct service staff with three or more years of related experiences with students or youth in the specific area of pre-employment transition services for which the Applicant is applying 

                    OR

    • provide evidence (e.g., organizational chart, staff resumes, staff bios, staff position description) that direct service staff will be supervised by individuals who have three or more years of related experiences with students or youth in the specific area of pre-employment transition services for which the Applicant is applying
In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, successful applicants will demonstrate a clear and effective approach to providing Pre-ETS to a specific group of students with disabilities with programming that utilizes qualified staff and incurs allowable, reasonable, and allocable costs.
Finally, the Applicant shall have sufficient capacity to carry out Pre-ETS services in the community(ies) of the targeted students with disabilities. In addition to the minimum qualification for staff experience, the following factors will be considered when determining whether the Applicant’s organization has relevant experience and sufficient capacity:
  • Partnerships with schools and school districts for outreach and identification of students and youth for programs and services
  • Experience with developing and implementing programs specific to the needs of students and youth with disabilities
  • Existing collaborative relationships with community partners and employers for the purposes of developing the skills of students with disabilities in achieving competitive integrated employment, participating in postsecondary education, and living as independently and as integrated as possible in the community
  • Familiarity with the unique needs of students with disabilities in order to support these needs while leveraging community partnerships 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192200

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$16,000,000

Term of Contract:

The Awards may be issued and then renewed annually for a period not to exceed three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR) and NC Division of Services for the Blind (NCDSB) seek applications from organizations and agencies that will provide pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities in North Carolina.

Eligibility: As part of their response to the RACRP, eligible applicants must meet minimum qualifications: (1) propose a minimum of two of the five Pre-ETS Required Activities, (2) demonstrate that the organization’s staff have three or more years of related experiences in the specific area of pre-employment transition services for which the Applicant is applying, (3) be registered as a business in the state of NC by the NC Secretary of State, (4) provide evidence that the organization conducts criminal background checks and manages abnormalities in a manner consistent with that outlined in the RACRP, (5) provide a Program Budget for the proposed program, and (6) provide the organization’s most recent audited financial statement. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated in terms of their organizational capacity, the extent to which their proposed program meets performance requirements, and the financial soundness and stability of the organization and its program proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
RACRP Release Date: September 3, 2020
Deadline for Initial Questions: September 8, 2020 *
Responses Posted to Initial Questions: September 15, 2020
Deadline for Applications for Initial Awards: 5:00 pm, September 25, 2020 **

* Questions received after the Deadline for Initial Questions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
** Applications received after the Deadline for Applications for Initial Awards will be considered on an ongoing basis contingent on funds availability.

Successful applicants will be notified by January 1, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Questions to: dvr.vrPRE-ETSRACRP@dhhs.nc.gov

Submit applications to:

Electronic (required): dvr.vrPRE-ETSRACRP@dhhs.nc.gov

Mail (required, one full copy with original signature):
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Attn: Pre-ETS RACRP
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801

Direct all inquiries concerning this RACRP to the email address above.

Funding or Pin Number:

RACRP #967

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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