New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for Students with Disabilities

Purpose of Grant

New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for Students with Disabilities (Pre-ETS for SWD) - Provision of Pre-ETS to New York City students with disabilities (between the ages of 14 and 21) who need such services and are potentially eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.

Project Period

New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities will result in contracts for a five (5) year project anticipated to begin on October 1, 2020 and end September 30, 2025.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are community school districts (CSD), either as an individual CSD or as part of a consortium of two (2) or more CSDs.  District 75 and District 79 may submit either as an individual district or as part of a consortium with one (1) or more CSDs.  As this grant is targeted to middle schools and high schools, New York City elementary schools are not eligible to participate.

Eligible applicants must have experience providing education, work based learning experiences, job readiness and/or related services to students with disabilities who have a IEP or 504 plan. Applicants must have a working partnership with the local ACCES-VR District Office and must also collaborate with at least two community partners (refer to project requirements).

Amount of Funding

There may be up to 5 contracts awarded, one (1) for each in New York City borough: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. If applying for one or more boroughs, applicants must submit a separate proposal for each borough. Each approved borough specific project will be funded at up to $300,000 per contract year unless additional funding becomes available in future years. 

Application Due Date

Submit one (1) original and two (2) copies of the application and an electronic (Word) copy of the application by email to postmarked/emailed by March 13, 2020 to: 

New York State Education Department
Pre-ETS for Students with Disabilities
Room 580 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12234

Bidders' Conference

A non-mandatory Bidders’ Webinar Conference was delivered on January 7, 2020 from 2:30pm-4:30pm to provide potential applicants with the details of the application process and allow an opportunity for questions and clarification on the RFP process. To listen to the recorded Bidder’s Webinar, please click on the link below:

Pre-ETS Bidder's Webinar Link

Questions and Answers

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to by January 28, 2020. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to ACCES procurement website no later than February 11, 2020.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name as it appears in the Statewide Financial System (SFS)) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The NOI due date is February 28, 2020. Please send the NOI to