Vocational Rehabilitation Grant Opportunities

NC DHHS Notice of Funding Availability

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Date of this notice:
 May 15, 2020
Program Name:
 Individual Placement and Supports Supported Employment

Purpose: To provide Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services to Division consumers with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) or Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) in order to achieve and sustain gainful employment.  This service is provided primarily by Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) and Employment Peer Mentors (EPMs) who are trained in national research standards that support the vocational needs of individuals and promote community connections and employment success.

Description: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidenced-based approach to person-centered, behavioral health services with a focus on employment that provides assistance in choosing, acquiring and maintaining competitive paid employment in the community for consumers 18 years or older with a severe mental illness (SMI) and severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) for whom employment has not been achieved or employment has been interrupted or intermittent. Components of the fidelity model include the career profile, job development/job placement, job support, peer support, behavioral health intervention, and follow along supports. 

IPS services are a braided funding service requiring multiple funding resources. The Contractor shall have available funding resources for IPS services from alternate sources, including the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), local and county governments, and/or grant funding from a federal agency, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Throughout the term of this contract the Contractor shall have a fully executed contract or grant with an alternate funding source. 

Funding Availability: $12,000,000

Eligibility: The agency or organization shall meet the following criteria in order to apply to be a Division approved IPS SE Contractor:

  • Any public, for profit, or nonprofit organization that has a current contract to provide IPS SE with LME/MCO, county or city government, or a federal grant; AND HAVE
  • Fulfilled the requirements of the Rules for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities, found in 10A NCAC 27G, and provide a current copy of the license if Contractor is a behavioral health organization.

How to Apply: Contractors that are currently under contract with the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (the Division) to provide IPS services are NOT required to send a complete Application for Community Partnerships. However, such organizations must submit a renewal application by the deadline indicated above in order to have an executed contract in the next renewal cycle effective November 1, 2020

Applications, subject to the conditions made a part of hereof, will be received until 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2020 for furnishing services described herein.

Deadline for Submission: Applications will be received until 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2020. Applications received by the deadline above will be in consideration for a November 1, 2020 award.  Applications received after 5:00 p.m., July 1, 2020 will be considered for a future award date. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

How to Obtain Further Information: Direct all inquiries concerning this ACP to: Program Specialist for Behavioral Health at dvr.ips.se.rfa@dhhs.nc.gov 

Additional Information is available: REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (ACP) #00938

NC DHHS Notice of Funding Availability

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Date of this notice:
November 20, 2017
Program Name:
Community Rehabilitation Programs

Purpose: According to the 2016 American Community Survey, NC census, approximately 77% of North Carolinians with disabilities of working age are unemployed or underemployed. In State Fiscal Year 2016 the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (the Division) served over 50,000 consumers with significant or most significant disabilities who were seeking competitive integrated employment.

The goal of these service contracts is to provide assessment and training along with appropriate supports for Division consumers with disabilities to reach successful competitive integrated employment. The Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) will provide services (facility and/or community based) needed to obtain and maintain competitive integrated employment.

CRPs are integral partners in the network of services designed to provide people with disabilities equal opportunity in achieving their highest level of economic and social independence. Service models include:
Supported Employment (SE)

  • Supported Employment
  • Project Search®

Work Adjustment Services (WA)

Description: The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify CRPs that can provide quality services in the areas of supported employment and work adjustment services. These services are developed to create competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities.

Supported Employment (SE): Activities include job development and placement and intensive job coaching support to foster greater success and independence on the job. Initial activity may include community based supplemental evaluation to determine required supports and vocational direction. Long term vocational support is a required element of supported employment and is not funded by the Division. The vendor is responsible for the provision of long term vocational supports regardless of the funding source.

Project Search®: Activities include transition training and placement services for students with disabilities who have significant intellectual or developmental disabilities. Services are provided in the context of a local, multi-agency collaborative team.

Work Adjustment Services (WA)

  • Work Adjustment Training: Includes activities to improve and increase productivity, attendance, punctuality, ability to work with others, work tolerance, and ability to work under supervision. This service is typically facility based but under certain circumstances and with the approval of the Division, may be community based.
  • Job Development/Placement: Assistance with securing competitive integrated employment that is consistent with the goals of the consumer.
  • Job Coaching: One on one, short term job support with the consumer to ensure successful employment.

Funding Availability: At this time, $27,000,000 is projected to be awarded. The reimbursement rates are established for each service provided. The maximum amount of a single award is dictated by the volume of consumer need within the local community and the availability of funding.

Eligibility: All current and previous awardees must be in good standing with the Division. Applicants are public and private for-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 and Leadership (CQL). In all models, in lieu of current accreditation or pending approval for accreditation at the time of application, a vendor shall provide evidence of training regarding accreditation before approval as a vendor, or evidence of training regarding accreditation is required within one year of vendor application with accreditation rendered within three years. A copy of the accreditation shall be submitted to the Division. All vendors must have a criminal background policy to provide services. Each CRP shall comply with the accessibility and nondiscrimination standards set forth in federal and state law. The Division may deny funding to and refuse to contract with any CRP which fails to comply with such provisions.

In addition to the above requirements, one of the following two conditions must be true:

  • The 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, or,
  • 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 an approved vendor.

Once the community rehabilitation program is an approved vendor they shall maintain accreditation in the areas that they are providing service for the Division. A copy of the current accreditation must be submitted to the Division.

Eligibility for Project Search®: Evidence must be provided that indicates the CRP is part of a local, multi-agency collaborative team in which a team member has been licensed or is in the process of being licensed to adhere to Project Search model fidelity. Contact the Program Specialist for Transition and Employment Services for a complete Project Search® application packet.

How to Apply: Please refer to the Community Rehabilitation Services webpage on the Division’s public website to obtain more information to initiate the application process. All prospective CRP providers are required to contact the Regional CRP Specialist before beginning the process of becoming an approved CRP vendor by the Division. Current CRPs are encouraged to contact the Regional CRP Specialist for any questions regarding the renewal application process. Below are steps in the application process:

  1. Review North Carolina’s Community Rehabilitation Program Standards at the following address: “Community Rehabilitation Program Standards”.
  2. Contact a regional CRP specialist to discuss the need for services in your area.
  3. Current CRP providers must complete the Community Rehabilitation Program Renewal Application.
  4. New CRP applicants must complete the Community Rehabilitation Program Vendor Application.
  5. Submit your application and supporting documentation to the CRP specialist in your area.
  6. You will be contacted within 30 days for further information regarding the status of your application.
  7. Final approval will be determined only after a completed new or renewal application packet is received, a satisfactory on-site review has been conducted for new CRPs and funds have been identified for contractual agreement.

Deadline for Submission: Applications received by March 1, 2018 will be in consideration for an October 1, 2018 award. Applications received after March 1, 2018 will be considered for a future award date. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

How to Obtain Further Information: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/employ/rehab.htm


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 are accepted on an ongoing basis. Any applications received after the completion of funds 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 to dvr.vrPETSRFA@dhhs.nc.gov. Questions will only be accepted via email for tracking purposes. Questions will be responded to via email within two weeks to the inquiring party.

Webinar Information: Webinar- Link to QA, PETS RFA QA

Request for Application Documents:
1 PETS RFA 00864 Revised 7.12.17.docx
2 PETS RFA 00864 Appendix C.xlsx
3 PETS RFA 00864 Appendix.xls