RSA Invites Applications for Improving Pre-Employment Transition Services for Youth With Disabilities

RSA Invites Applications for Improving Pre-Employment Transition Services for Youth With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce a notice inviting applications on April 5, 2023, for the Disability Innovation Fund Pathways to Partnerships Innovative Model Demonstration Project (Pathways to Partnerships), Assistance Listing Number 84.421E. The application deadline is June 5, 2023.

The Pathways to Partnership program is the largest discretionary grant administered by RSA, with an estimated $224 million available to fund multiple innovative model demonstration projects administered through partnerships among state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state or local education agencies, and centers for independent living focused on the creation of systemic approaches to improve access to pre-employment transition services for children and youth with disabilities.

As children and youth with disabilities move through the school system, many do not have exposure to self-advocacy training, careers, and independent living opportunities. This historical funding opportunity advances a key goal of the Biden-Harris Administration to pave a clear and robust path to independent living and competitive integrated employment as children and youth with disabilities transition from high school to postsecondary endeavors.

The Notice Inviting Applications and additional information, including the Application Package, can be found at the following resources:

  • RSA website (link to the Federal Register Notice and additional information)
  • NCRTM: OSERS will conduct a pre-application meeting specific to this competition on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET to respond to questions. More details are forthcoming. Please continue to check for more information.
    The teleconference information, including the 84.421E pre-application meeting summary of the questions and answers, will be available within six business days after the pre-application meeting.
  • GRANTS Government website (link to application package)
  • QUESTIONS: OSERS invites you to send questions via email in advance of the pre-application meeting.