Community Employment Transitioning-To-Work Grants (TTWG)- New for 2017
Kessler Foundation’s Transitioning-To-Work Grants (TTWG) support New Jersey based organizations that are transitioning individuals with disabilities from center-based workshop activities to competitive, integrated employment.
Important federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.
People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. Employment First is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.
Additional funding opportunities will be made available through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services via a Notice of Grant Opportunity which will match Kessler Foundation grant award up to $50,000.
What We Fund The purpose of Community Employment Transitioning-to-Work Grants (TTWG) is to support community-based organizations that are transitioning individuals with disabilities from center-based (sheltered) workshop activities to competitive, integrated employment opportunities. This framework for systems change is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. The focus on direct placement into full-time employment (preferred) or part-time employment. Additionally, Kessler is interested in knowing how the grant will be sustainable and judged effective at the end of the grant period.
Our Population Interests Any organization based in New Jersey that currently serves individuals with disabilities using a center-based employment model and provides extended employment programs authorized and approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workfroce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services may apply for funding. We strongly believe that through investing and promoting employment models that are inclusive, all individuals with disabilities gain economic stability and security.
Geographic Focus For this program, our primary target service area is New Jersey.
Who Can Apply Any New Jersey organization that services residents with disabilities, is recognized as a tax-exempt entity according to the Internal Revenue Code, and provides Extended Employment Programs authorized and approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development may apply for funding. The organization must currently be using a center-based employment model and be interested in transitioning participants into integrative, competitive employment. Kessler Foundation will not fund projects that discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age or national origin. Organizations employing a large number of staff members self-identifying as having a disability will be scored higher. Apply Now!
Our Process Application to TTWG program begins with an online application submission. Grant applications are screened and reviewed by Kessler Foundation staff and Grants Committee. All grants recommended for funding are subsequently approved by our Board of Trustees and are awarded in September 2017 for the grant period October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. Final grant selection is at the discretion of Kessler Foundation. The application process, from submission deadline to final approval, takes approximately 6 months.
Amount Transitioning-To-Work grants are awarded for one year. Funding ranges from $25,000 - $50,000. Organizations may apply for indirect cost expenses up to 8% in their project budgets. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) will make additional funding opportunities available via a Notice of Grant Opportunity which will match the Kessler Foundation grant award up to $50,000. Organizations must apply directly to DVRS for these funds.
|Grant Application Deadline:||May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET|
|Grant Approval:||September 15, 2017|
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