Secondary Transition

2017-2018 Special Education Performance Grants

  • July 18th, 2014
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2017-2018 Special Education Performance Grants: Secondary Transition

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the availability of the following special education performance grants for the 2017-2018 school year.

1. School to Community-based Competitive Employment Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education is requesting proposals from Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and provider-based agencies partnering with LEAs that are interested in establishing or expanding effective, school-based career development programming efforts for transition from school to community- based competitive employment for students for the 2017-18 school year.

Award Amount:$40,000

The deadline for submitting applications for review was October 16, 2017.

For more information contact Michael Stoehr at or Hillary Mangis at


2. Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work (RENEW)

The purpose of the competitive grant is to:

  1. Support the establishment of RENEW is secondary school sites. RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. The 16-17 grants are competitive and will be awarded to applications that frame one of the following three priorities: 1)First time establishment of a RENEW program in a school-based setting; 2) Expansion of an existing RENEW program; 3) Establish in inter-agency agreement with any one of the following regional agencies as to serve as an adjunct member of the school-based RENEW Tertiary –level Team: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, County-Based Office of Mental Health, and County-Based Office of Intellectual Disabilities.

Award Amount: $4,500.
The deadline for submitting applications for review was October 10, 2016.

For more information contact Mike Minor at, Kristin Starosta at, Sielke Caparelli at, or Karen Grammas at

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