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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. 

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