Services for the Blind Grant Opportunities

DVRS/DSB RFA 00864 PETS: Pre-Employment Transition Service

DHHS Divisions Issuing Notice: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Division of Services for the Blind

Date of Notice: September 30, 2016

Program Name: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit agencies or organizations to provide pre-employment transition services (PETS) in order to increase the Divisions’ capacity for reaching and serving students with disabilities across North Carolina. 

Description: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) are a specific set of activities that are defined by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 (Public Law 113-128), and are intended to expose students with disabilities at an early age to self-advocacy, postsecondary training, and employment skills and options.  WIOA requires that the vocational rehabilitation program provide a continuum of services to students and youth which begins with PETS and, for individuals who are eligible for the vocational rehabilitation program, continues with vocational rehabilitation transition services.  The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR) and NC Division of Services for the Blind (NCDSB) are seeking applications from eligible organizations and agencies to provide pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities across the state.

Funding Availability: The Divisions will award up to $16 million for approved PETS projects, contingent on funding availability.  The actual number of awards will be dependent on the number of submitted applications that meet the requirements defined in the RFA.

Eligibility: As part of their response to the RFA, eligible applicants must demonstrate that the organization’s direct service staff have three or more years of related experiences in the specific area of pre-employment transition services for which the Applicant is applying.  These related experiences must also be specific to serving individuals with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21.  Applicants must be registered as a business in the state of NC by the NC Secretary of State.

How to Apply: Please refer to Request for Application Documents below.

Submit response to RFA to:
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Deadline for Submission: Applications for initial awards must be received by the Division by October 21, 2016. Any applications received after the deadline shall be considered on an ongoing basis for future awards based on funding availability.

How to Obtain Further Information: Agencies may submit questions regarding the RFA by 5:00 PM ET, October 7, 2016 to
Questions will only be accepted via email for tracking purposes. Please submit questions as soon as possible for due consideration. Answers to all questions received by the 5:00 PM ET, October 7, 2016 will be responded to via webinar with audio and video access on October 11, 2016 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Questions received after the initial inquiry deadline will be responded to via email within two weeks to the inquiring party only. 

Webinar Information: Webinar link to visual content: 10-11-16 PETS RFA Webinar Link
Webinar number for audio content: 919-662-4658

Request for Application Documents:
1 PETS RFA 00864.docx
2 PETS RFA 00864 Appendix C.xlsx
3 PETS RFA 00864 Appendix.xls



Community Rehabilitation Programs Supported Employment Extended Services Program

Division Issuing Notice: Division of Services for the Blind

Date of Notice: February 23, 2015

Purpose: Many individuals who need specialized evaluation, training and supports to reach their full potential. Some of these individuals will require much more individualized assistance in job development, training and then long term follow up to insure that they are able to maintain their employment. The goal of potential contracts is to provide Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) Supported Employment Extended Services Program (SEESP) to eligible individuals after they have reached their goal of employment but will need that long term follow up to remain successful in their employment. Eligibility for SEESP for the NC Division of Services for the Blind is based on the individual being visually impaired with employment related limitations. These limitations would fall under the category of their being most significantly disabled. CRPs are integral partners in the network of services designed to provide people with disabilities with equal opportunities in achieving their highest level of economic and social independence. The service model is for SEESP that includes long-term follow up and extended support by trained staff.

Description: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify qualified CRPs that can provide services in the area of SEESP that are inclusive of long-term follow-up supports after the individual has stabilized on employment. These long-term follow-ups will consist of a minimum of at least two monthly contacts with the individual and one with the employer for up to 24 months that will be assessed for continued need every six months. This service aims to maintain employment opportunities for visually and blind individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Funding Availability: The total anticipated amount to be awarded is $63,063.00. The hourly rate for this service is $44.84 per hour. The maximum amount of any single award is dictated by the volume of service need within the local community and the availability of funding.


  • Applicants are public and private profit or non-profit CRPs.
  • Applicants shall be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Council on Quality Leadership (COL).
  • A copy of the accreditation shall be submitted to DSB.
  • Each CRP shall comply with the accessibility and nondiscrimination standards set forth in federal and state law.
  • The agency may deny funding to and refuse to contract with any CRP that fails to comply with such provisions.
  • One of the following two conditions must be true:
  1. A CRP shall have a minimum of three years of experience as a service provider in the area of service delivery for which they are seeking approval.
  2. Key staff providing direct consumer services for the CRP (such as the coordinator of the program) must have a minimum of three years of experience providing services in the area for which the CRP is applying to become approved under contract.

To apply, or to obtain further information, qualified CRP providers should contact:

Betty C. Gholston
Phone: 919-527-6714
Fax: 919-715-8771

Mailing Address
2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601

Deadline for Submission

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.