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Contracts for Services to New Jersey Nonprofits and CBOs to Increase Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Innovation and Expansion - Employment First


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Funding Source
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Contracts for services to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations for programs to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to improve and expand vocational rehabilitation services.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) announces this Notice of Contract Opportunity (NCO) – Innovation and Expansion Program - Employment First to establish, expand or improve employment opportunities and career pathways for persons with disabilities.

Funding for this competitive contract is under the auspices of the New Jersey DVRS, which will serve as administrator and fiscal agent for the funds awarded. In addition to accepting general innovative proposals that expand and/or improve vocational rehabilitation services, DVRS has included priority areas chosen for this Notice of Contract Opportunity (NCO).

Services and activities are to include:

  • Outreach to employers including assessment of their labor needs;
  • Fostering a network of businesses and community resources who can champion the employment of people with disabilities;
  • Provide education and information for employers on the benefits of including qualified people with disabilities in their workforce.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, working closely with private industry to dispel myths associated with the cost of hiring individuals with disabilities;
  • Place qualified individuals with disabilities referred from DVRS offices to available employment opportunities.
  • Follow-up to the referral process;
  • When necessary, facilitation of dialogue around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accommodation issues with employers and consumers;
  • Intake and assessment of the DVRS clients;
  • Coordinating the organization of events centered around marketing, job development and placement;
  • Coordination with the DVRS and other community resources to provide consumers with other related supports as needed.

The vendor will utilize the funds under this contract in the following ways:

  • Partner with the Workforce Development Board - Special Abilities Committee - for a minimum of four meetings throughout the year with new employers to foster the continued involvement of area employers and facilitate the hiring of people with most significant disabilities.
  • Awareness Training Sessions - Plan a minimum of two presentations for Employment Committee meetings that will impact disability and employment market awareness.
  • Job Fairs and Other Employment Events – Sponsor at least one Job Fair and support other job fairs and similar employment events.
  • Job development and placement services – the grantee staff will assist clients to obtain competitive integrated employment in the setting of the client’s choice.
  • Applicant matching and referral – provide consumers assistance with developing their job seeking and job readiness skills.

For more information about expectations and deliverables, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants for this 12-month, competitive contract must be organizations with the capacity to serve people with disabilities. Applicants can be private or public non-profit, faith-based organizations (FBO), community-based organizations (CBO), Centers for Independent Living, neighborhood or grass-roots entities, or Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs).

Non-Allowable Expenses:
1. Funds used for purposes outside of the request for proposal or specific provisions set forth by DVRS are strictly prohibited. In addition, funds from this contract cannot be allocated for the purposes listed below:
a. Expenditures which personally benefit staff of DVRS.
b. Expenditures for entertainment purposes.
c. Utilizing the funds to reimburse already provided services from another source.
d. Expenditures for political purposes, i.e., campaigning, advocating, propaganda, etc.
e. DVRS may require repayment for all funds used inappropriately from a grantee and may disallow future funding for recipients that violate spending requirements.
2. Funds used for the purchase of a building are prohibited.
3. Funds used for the purchase of food and beverage for events are prohibited.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Technical Assistance Sessions on:
May 8th - 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM /TEAMS

May 9th - 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM /TEAMS

Pre-Application Information
The DOL must receive a completed application emailed no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2023, 3pm.

Please register and email your questions to the email address listed below by May 4th, 2023.

It is anticipated that the successful proposal will be notified on or before June 23, 2023.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum amount per contract is $275,000.

Term of Contract
The contract period is expected to be for a 12-month period and is estimated to begin on July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
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Direct questions to the email address listed above.

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