Request for Proposal
Small Grants RFP Announced - Deadline January 16, 2018
Disability Rights New
Jersey and the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
are pleased to announce -
Request For Proposal (RFP) Expansion of Assistive Technology Services
to People with Disabilities in New Jersey (RFP
Deadline for Receipt
of Proposals: 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Proposal Inquiries: All
questions about this Request for Proposals (RFP) should be submitted
in writing by Friday, January 5, 2018 via e-mail to:
Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
Disability Rights New Jersey
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Introduction and Description
Disability Rights New
Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated
as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.
It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral,
technical assistance and training, outreach, and education in support
of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.
The Richard West Assistive
Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state
program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act)
to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and
services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of
device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical
assistance, and public awareness activities.
The grants are available
under the following activities:
• Device reutilization
programs - provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other
reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include
redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
• Device loan programs
- provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals,
employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs
of targeted individuals and entities.
• Device demonstration
programs - demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices
and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals
in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences
with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar
with such devices and services and their applications. Please note:
this could include innovative uses of technology to support individuals
• Transition training
– conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services
for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early
intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a non
ATAC is providing one-time
funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services
available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The primary
focus for this year’s funding includes:
2018 Focus areas:
• Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan services
for veterans with disabilities.
• Developing a pilot program for device reutilization services in
Northern New Jersey.
• Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence
of individuals with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental
disabilities, traumatic brain injury, frail elderly and/or dementia,
including innovative technology solutions.
• Pre-Employment Transition Services, as described in the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that increase opportunities
for student success.
The total estimated amount
under this RFP is approximately $50,000 - $60,000. The number of
successful project applications is contingent on availability of
funds. ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500
to a maximum of $12,500.
A second year of funding
may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance
presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology
services within the state.
Scope of Work
The successful applicants
will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan
for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently
operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which
is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603),
or by request.
Individuals or organizations
in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive
technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive
technology devices and services. Organizations that have received
prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may apply.
Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is
a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well
in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals
of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff
to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP. The
applicant must be able to have a representative attend and present
at the annual AT summit in September 2018, as well as participate
in the Abilities Expo (May 2018; dates TBA).
The applicant must certify
that it is capable of complying with the federal Uniform Guidance
requirements, be capable of demonstrating fiscal soundness, and
not barred from contracting with the federal government.
1. The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced.
The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as
described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed
project budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible,
electronic format, such as Microsoft Word. The application must
• Relevant information
about the applicant, including contact name, organization name,
address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
• Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant
personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make
it possible to carry out the research activity;
• Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish
• Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the
• Details of expected outcomes
• Detailed proposed budget, as described below.
• Provide justification for why this project is important to individuals
with disabilities in New Jersey.
2. NEW THIS YEAR! Create a 30-60 second elevator pitch video about
your project plan. Please highlight areas included in your six page
narrative. ATAC plans to share these videos with the review committee,
at our upcoming January 2018 Advisory Group meeting (held in conjunction
with NJCART), and on our website and/or social media channels. Be
creative and share your passion for your project. Check out this
article for inspiration:
The 7 Componants of the Perfect Elevator Pitch (https://articles.bplans.com/the-7-key-components-of-a-perfect-elevator-pitch/)
The proposed one-page
budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal.
All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized
The applicant will include
assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements
applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that
the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant
from completing the proposal.
DRNJ staff, in collaboration
with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based
on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service
providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount
of time. Criteria include:
• Contribution to expansion
of AT network in New Jersey
• Ability to successfully execute the activity on time and meet
documented expected outcomes
• Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
• Expertise and ability of the applicant
• Quality of services provided
• Ability to meet deadlines
The deadline for submitting
applications under this RFP is 5:00 PM January 16, 2018. DRNJ will
only accept e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to
Date of Award
The contract for this
RFP will be submitted to the selected applicants on or before January
31, 2018, with work to begin immediately.
Date of Completion
The project will end
on September 30, 2018. Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC
through September 30, 2018.