A . new state grant program . aimed . at . improved transition . service delivery with the goal of . increasing competitive . employment for students with disabilities.. The Transition Readiness Grant program was funded . ID: 714642
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Transition Readiness Grant Program (TRG)
new state grant program
service delivery with the goal of
employment for students with disabilities.
The Transition Readiness Grant program was funded
in the state budget beginning
The funding level for FY19 is $1,500,000.00. We do not yet have information about funding beyond FY19.Slide2
Objective and Process
The $1.5 million in grant funding will be available from DPI to support transition readiness and postschool employment for students with disabilities in FY19 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).
A competitive application process is being used.
Work and college experiences for students with disabilities will be prioritized. (evidence-based practices)Slide3
Funding Level and Eligibility
Grants will be awarded in amounts no less than $
and no more than $
All public school districts, 2x, and 2r charters with a secondary population
eligible to apply
DPI prepared and released an application the first week of March.Slide4
Locating the Application
can be accessed
grant program announcement and link are
also available on the
“What’s New?” in Transition
Planning for Students with Disabilities on the DPI website:
The recording of this webinar will also be made available on the “What’s New” page linked above after today.Slide5
Submitting the Application
Applications are due to DPI no later than
Completed applications must be submitted
(this was incorrect on the initial application, but has since been corrected)
Mail two copies to:
WDPI, Special Education Team
Transition Readiness Grant Application
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841Slide6
Scoring teams will consist of one DPI staff member and one outside partner (DVR/DHS/BPDD) for each application.
Scoring will take place between May 16
and May 31
of awards will be sent out by June 4th.Slide7
consideration for funding will include activities known to improve post-school employment outcomes (e.g. – participation in Project SEARCH, obtaining paid community work experience while in high school,
support for students attending
postsecondary education or other type of job training; professional development
in a transition certificate program, and
dedicated staff time for transition to employment activities).Slide8
Grant funding under this program can be used for transportation costs in addition to educational service costs.
Contracts with community agency partners for the provision of services (college courses, job training, competitive integrated employment services) are also allowable costs.
Multiple school districts or 2r charters with secondary populations may apply as a consortium. For such an application, one entity would receive funding and put in place agreements for dissemination of funds to the other partner(s) as applicable.Slide9
Funds Acquisition Process
Funds awarded under this grant program will need to be expended between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Grant recipients will need to expend the funds and then invoice for reimbursement
The schedule for invoicing and reimbursement has not yet been developed.Slide10
The Transition Readiness
will be booked in Fund 27, with a state-assigned project code that will not be 011 (state categorical aid) or 019 (non-aidable
not increase the LEA’s local MOE level.
revenue received should offset any expenditures coded to this new state grant project code and thus would not impact the LEA’s Fund 10 to Fund 27 transfer.Slide11
General Requirements (for all recipients)
Work with regional TIG coordinator to develop and implement (or continue) an on-line Graduation Rate and Transition Planning Improvement Plan. (GRIP/TIP)
Utilize the Transition Services Rating Scale (TSRS) with two or more students.
Coordinate at least one community event aimed at expanding collaboration to increase employment opportunities for students with disabilities. (Community Conversation/Amazing Race/Business Tours)
Conduct a phone survey with former students with disabilities to gather information about their high school experiences and post-school outcomes.Slide12
Transition Improvement Grant Coordinators
We will now answer questions that you have about completing and submitting the application, or the grant program itself.