The Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education is now accepting applications for Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) grants for the 2020 – 2021 school year. CIE Grants help schools fund programs that offer expanded competitive employment opportunities for students with disabilities. Eligible schools include school districts, intermediate units, charter schools, approved private schools, and chartered schools for the deaf and the blind.
CIE Grants can assist schools in:
- Implementing or supporting previously established school-based career readiness programs;
- Partnering with local businesses;
- Collaboration with one or more of the following: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), County/Community-Based Behavioral Health, Office of Developmental Programs, Centers for Independent Living, and other disability-specific support organizations; and
- Developing and/or enhancing virtual employment/pre-employment experiences given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding for each successful grant applicant will be available from the date of the award through August 15, 2021. An informational webinar regarding the grant application process will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 10:00 am. Use this link to join the webinar at the specified time.
Grant applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 28, 2020.