Notice of Funds Available (RFP)

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

2018-19.1.2 and 1.3  North Carolina Employment Collaborative


Posted Applications Due Start Date End Date Amount MatchPoverty Match Council Staff
May 14, 2018 Aug 06, 2018 Jan 01, 2019 Jan 01, 2020 $100,000.00 $33,334.00$0.00 Travis Williams

North Carolina Employment Collaborative


Goal 1.: Goal By 2021, Increase financial security through asset development and security for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD)

Objective 1.2 Increase integrated competitive employment and careers and 1.3 Increase educational expectations for employment and careers

NCCDD 5 Year State Plan 2017-2021

A Request for Applications (RFA) is the way the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities asks for proposals for initiatives that will help the Council achieve the goals outlined in its five-year State Plan. (

The Council has given you an outcome for the initiative and you will need to submit a proposal using a web-based system called DD Suite. (

Staff Contact

If you have any questions regarding the North Carolina Employment Collaborative RFA packet or using DD Suite, please contact Travis Williams, Systems Change Manager at (919) 850-2901 or e-mail at

Bidder's Workshop and Informational Conference Call

A Bidder's Workshop and informational conference call will be held on May 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT). You can RSVP by e-mail at by May 29th, 2018.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the Bidder's Workshop in person. The Bidder's Workshop will be at the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities Offices located at 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27604. Click here for driving directions.

If you cannot attend in person, you can connect to the informational conference call by dialing:

(877) 848-7030
Access Code: 4460894

Council Staff will go through the process of how to submit a proposal using DD Suite. Please review the RFA and submit your questions in writing prior to the call. Any questions submitted in writing by May 25, 2018 will be answered during the Bidder's Workshop on May 30, 2018. If you have questions about the North Carolina Employment Collaborative RFA during the Bidder's Workshop, you can submit those in writing by midnight, May 29, 2018. Answers will be posted on DD Suite and the website by June 5, 2018.

All questions will be compiled along with a response and posted on the website. If you have submitted an Intent to Apply form, the questions and responses will be e-mailed to you.

There are some things you will need to do before the Bidder's Workshop Information Conference Call:

1. Complete the Intent to Apply form below and return via e-mail or fax: e-mail: or FAX: (919) 850-2915. The Intent to Apply form is used to gauge interest and determine outreach and marketing for Council Initiatives. While it is strongly encouraged that you complete an Intent to Apply form, it is not required. Also completing an Intent to Apply form does not obligate you to submit a completed application should you determine that your organization cannot carry out the goals of the RFA.

2. Get an account on DD Suite. Go to the DD Suite website at ( Provide the basic information on the registration page and click the submit button. If you have trouble or have questions, please contact Travis Williams, Systems Change Manager, at 919-850-2901.

3. Submit any questions you have about this RFA in writing no later than May 25, 2018 to or FAX: (919) 850-2915. Please use the subject headline, "RFA Question – North Carolina Employment Collaborative RFA "

If you need information in alternate format, or require an accommodation, please notify the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities office at least one week in advance:

Please RSVP by e-mail at for the Bidder's workshop by May 25, 2018 .

The Deadline for Proposal Submissions is August 6, 2018, at 5:00 PM (EDT).

In addition to submitting a proposal for this RFA, you must complete the budget form on DD Suite for the first year of your initiative. A 25% non-Federal match is required for this initiative. This matching requirement means that 25% of the total initiative budget (Council funds + Match Funds) must come from non-Federal funds (e.g. state, local, agency, and/or private funds). If you need assistance calculating the amount required for the federal grant match, please download this Excel tool.

Who May Apply: Applications are welcomed from any nonprofit or government agency that demonstrates that their agency is qualified, responsible, and capable of conducting the activities described. Eligible entities include any organizations, agencies, or businesses demonstrating an expertise in the focus area of this initiative. To be eligible, non-profit private entities must submit proof of 501(c)3 status with a current IRS determination letter. The Council will not consider applications submitted by agencies that do not meet eligibility to apply for funding.

Executive Summary

Identify and provide a descriptive summary of the purpose, nature, scope, and rationale for the evidence-based strategies, best practices and /or promising policies/practices you will use as the basis or framework for the proposed initiative.


Describe the applicant agency (e.g., how, when, and why the agency was established) and its mission. Attach an organizational chart. Describe applicant’s capacity to implement the proposed initiative, including current and prior experience with relevant collaborators and people with I/DD and their families.

Detailed Narrative

Describe the need for this initiative. Be sure to include: relevant data, limitations of the data, current trends of which you are that may promote the proposed initiative, and a description of the target population. The scope of work must include goals and objectives that are “SMART”: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound relative to the overall intent of the initiative.


Please indicate the outcome measures that will determine the extent to which the initiative is meeting the goals and objectives identified above.

Sustainability of Initiative

Describe how the applicant will promote or sustain the work of the initiative. Examples include organize, attend and/or present at local, regional, statewide or national conferences, webinars and/or other training as appropriate: Will the applicant develop a replicable model? Will materials such as guidebooks, brochures, etc. be created? Will the applicant employ internet strategies such as social media, blogs, etc.? Other examples include identifying partnerships and synergy with organizations conducting similar work

Monitoring Activities

Please provide a detailed description of how the applicant will monitor and evaluate performance activities and outcomes, as set out in your proposed scope of work. Describe how and when the applicant will assess or use proposed evaluation summaries to measure whether proposed objectives are achieved. Prepare a timeline for the initiative which includes all activities required to accomplish the key objectives. This will include target dates, as well as staff and agencies responsible for the proposed activities, where appropriate. This timeline will serve as the basis for monitoring progress and adjust activities, as necessary. The timeline should contain information on the proposed start and completion dates of the key objectives and activities. This timeline should cover the entire 3 year grant period. THE APPLICANT’S BUDGET SUBMISSION, HOWEVER, WILL BE FOR ONE YEAR ONLY.