Funding Opportunity for Employment & Day Services for Adults with I/DD

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NJCDD ANNOUNCES A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO develop a framework to advance New Jersey’s policies and practices in the area of employment and day services for adults with I/DD so that they align with the vision, philosophy, and promise of the Employment First initiative.


In accordance with goals outlined in the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ (NJCDD) 5-Year Plan for 2017-2021, the NJCDD is currently accepting proposals to develop an Employment and Day Services Comprehensive, Authoritative White Paper and an Action-Oriented Plan for Advocacy which will provide recommendations and strategies for system change.

Interested entities must submit a full project proposal for funding consideration. In order to be considered, prospective applicants MUST submit proposals to NJCDD within 40 days of this announcement (please see the timeline outlined below). Applicants are required to complete NJCDD’s FY2020 Grant Proposal Form, Budget, and Budget Narrative. These documents are available at  Entities applying for NJCDD funding are strongly encouraged to review the Council’s Effective Grant Writing Guide and NJCDD Grant Budget Instructions, also available at These documents will help applicants ensure that proposals comply with established guidelines.

The selected applicant is required to complete state and federal assurances.  These documents are available for your review at


Seven HARD COPIES of each proposal must be received by NJCDD on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, by 2 p.m. Hard Copy Proposals may be submitted by mail to the following address:

NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
c/o Grants
20 West State Street, 6th Floor, PO Box 700, Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

E-signature is acceptable.
Applicants must also email a copy of the full proposal to on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, by 2 p.m.

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Q: Are established partnerships required at the time of the proposal?

A: When an applicant plans to engage other entities or agencies through a formal partnership, those partnerships must be identified at the time of the grant application, and include supporting documentation/agreement describing of the nature of the partnership as it relates to the work of the grant. Partnerships are encouraged.

Q: Does the grant allow for projects that include the education of stakeholders as part of the service remedy?

A: The RPF offers applicants the opportunity to identify a wide range of remedies. The education of stakeholders could be among them.

NJCDD FY-2020 Grants Timeline

Notice of Funds Available————————————–September 30, 2020
Applicant Question Period————————————October 7, 2020, to October 14, 2020, by 5 pm
Posted Answers to Questions Submitted—————October 21, 2020, by 5 pm
Proposal Submission Deadline——————————November 10, 2020, by 2 pm
NJCDD Proposal Review—————————————–November 16 to December 2, 2020
Contract Notification——————————————–Not later than December 11, 2020
Contract Period—————————————————-January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021

Evaluation of New Jersey’s ‘Employment First’ policies and practices, and a comprehensive advocacy plan to increase meaningful competitive employment and day services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in New Jersey


Council 5-Year Plan Goal: Employment

Goal: Advance New Jersey’s practices and performance as an Employment First state, considering all individuals with developmental disabilities.

Implementation Targets:

  • Evaluate New Jersey’s Employment First policies and practices, including interagency efforts, compared to best practices across the country.
  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies for employment from best practices.
  • Develop and implement an advocacy plan to increase day programming opportunities and options for individuals who are presently not in competitive employment.

In 2012, New Jersey became an Employment First state, joining the national movement to deliver meaningful employment, competitive wages, and career ladder opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment First is a philosophy implemented through policies, programs, and services that promote competitive employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred post education outcome for people with any type of disability.

In spite of this policy shift, individuals with I/DD remain unemployed and underemployed. Data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the percentage of working-age people with disabilities in the labor force is about one-third that of persons with no disability. Higher education does little to level the playing field: adults with a disability who hold a college degree have an employment rate 27 percentage points lower than all adults with a college degree. In addition, workers with disabilities face significant gaps in pay and compensation when compared to workers with no disability.

The goal of this RFP is to develop a framework to advance New Jersey’s policies and practices in the area of employment and day services for adults with I/DD so that they align with the vision, philosophy, and promise of the Employment First initiative.

There are two concrete deliverables:

  • A Comprehensive, Authoritative White Paper which will identify and explore New Jersey’s policies, practices, programs and services, and outcomes in the area of employment and employment preparation for individuals with I/DD, including transition planning for those ages 14+.
  • An Action-Oriented Plan for Advocacy and Systems Change which will provide recommendation and strategies for system change.

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about public policy; advocacy strategy and campaigns; employment practices, including supported employment, job development, job and career training, employment and pre-employment-related services and supports for the individual with I/DD;
  • Have the resources and demonstrated capacity to carry out the work described in their proposal, and;
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of the service delivery system and political realties in New Jersey.

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited, to:

  • Private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including providers of employment support services, employment agencies, and third-party agencies.
  • Researchers and institutions of higher education.
  • State, county, or local government entities
  • Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team, including consultants, not-for-profit organizations, business and civic organizations.

The credentials of the organization(s) and the CV of the person(s) to be engaged in this work must be described and attached to the proposal.

The Council strongly encourages proposals from two or more collaborating organizations. All partnerships/collaborations and interagency coordination must have a letter of agreement from the other party/parties unless it is a joint application.

  • Comprehensive, Authoritative White Paper which will:
    1. Identify and explore New Jersey’s policies, practices, programs and services, including interagency collaborations, and outcomes in the area of employment and employment preparation for individuals with I/DD, including transition planning for those ages 14+.
    2. Identify efforts in New Jersey that are directly linked to or associated with Employment First.
    3. Identify and explore evidence-based employment practices that reflect the principles of Employment First that are working in other states.
    4. Identify and explore barriers to meaningful daytime services and supports for those individuals with I/DD in New Jersey for whom paid and/or competitive employment has traditionally been unattainable.
    5. Identify and explore policies, practices and services in other states for individuals with I/DD for whom paid and/or competitive employment has traditionally been unattainable that result in meaningful daytime services and supports, and that provide families with a reliable source of support.
    6. Identify specific ways in which successful practices and policies in other states (identified in 3 & 5 above) could be implemented in New Jersey.
    7. Identify potential barriers and challenges; as well as strategies and partnerships for solutions.
    8. Reflect the diversity of the population in New Jersey including urban, suburban and rural locations, economic, racial, and ethnic populations, and a diversity of disabilities, including differing levels of support needs.
    9. Identify data needed to measure success
  1. Provide recommendation for system change,
  2. Layout out specific, concrete, and measurable activities and strategies to move New Jersey’s policies and practices toward a more “Employment First” orientation.
  3. Identify community partners and potential roles for those partners.
  4. Identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes needed.
  5. Identify changes needed in the service delivery system and provider practices.
  6. Describe how recommended advocacy work will improve coordination and collaboration between and among key stakeholders (employers, business owners, school district staff, educators, providers/funders of employment services) and supports (DDD/DVRS).
  7. Define a clear and measurable goal(s) for each advocacy activity/strategy.
  8. Define the geographic area (e.g., statewide, county, multi-county, town or municipally) to benefit from the advocacy activity/strategy.
  9. Identify partnerships, collaborations, and interagency coordination that leverage resources in the current system.
  10. Describe the data needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed advocacy strategies, outcome measures used to determine success, and ways in which data can be collected.
  11. Describe ways in which the advocacy activity/strategy can be implemented and sustained.
  12. Describe the activities that will be used to disseminate the report and findings to stakeholders, including but not limited to elected and appointed officials, business leaders, school leaders.

NOTE: Funds cannot be used to supplant other government funds.  A 25% Non-Federal Match of Proposed Funding is Required.

 Proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

  1. A written plan that describes both deliverables in the RPF, the project, its process, and its outcomes
  2. Concrete and measurable activities
  3. Benchmarks for project workflow and completion, tied to funding drawdown.

Applicants who receive funding must submit written quarterly reports to the Council that address the progress made on the implementation targets. Contract payments are predicated upon successful completion of implementation targets and must be documented in order for payments to be issued.

The applicant(s) must provide a timeline for each of the components of this RFP.
Contract Period: January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021
Funding Amount: Up to $100,000

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