Employment Grants

In 2021, DDS received $10 million in funding to establish a grant program to improve access to services that increase pathways to employment. Please see below for more information on the grant structure, funding information and the grant guidelines.


Approved Employment Grant Projects

Grant #Organization Project Title
2022-WSSEG-0001 AbilityFirstAbilityFirst Supported Employment Program
2022-WSSEG-0002 April Parker Foundation Employment and Entrepreneurship Trainings for Youth with I/DD in Long Beach
2022-WSSEG-0003 Autism Society Inland EmpireIncreasing Employment Through Remote Work
2022-WSSEG-0004 Avenues Supported Living ServicesDDS NLACRC EMPLOYMENT 2022
2022-WSSEG-0005 Bakersfield ARCBakersfield ARC's development of business focused collaborations to increase workforce preparation and employment opportunities.
2022-WSSEG-0006 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior UniversityTraining Service Providers to Improve Employment Outcomes of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2022-WSSEG-0007 Bridges to Inclusion LLCBridges to Employment
2022-WSSEG-0008 California State University Long Beach Research FoundationCSU Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Pilot Programs
2022-WSSEG-0009 Chapman University TPIOrange County Business Partner Intermediary Project
2022-WSSEG-0010 CLU Transitions Customized employment service for neurodiverse digital artists in remote work environments
2022-WSSEG-0011 Community Initiatives for Collective Impact - Hlub Hmong CenterFood Recovery Business Action Planning for Competitive Integrated Employment
2022-WSSEG-0012 Disability Voices UnitedWhat Works For Us: Research and Training on Leveraging the Self-Determination Program to Increase CIE
2022-WSSEG-00013 Eastern Los Angeles Regional CtrELARC's re-purposed LPA Transformation Model: Career & Micro-enterprise incubator pathways
2022-WSSEG-0014 Futures Explored, IncFutures Explored - Cities Employment
2022-WSSEG-0015 Generations Day Care Pathways to Employment in Semi-Rural and Rural Communities
2022-WSSEG-0016 HireAbleWhat Comes Next - Educating Students, Teachers and Families on the Value of Work
2022-WSSEG-0017 IGNITE Collective, Inc.Bridging the Employment Gaps
2022-WSSEG-0018 Integrated Community ServicesDisability Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Employer Training
2022-WSSEG-0019 Integrated Resources InstituteACRE Training and Mentorship
2022-WSSEG-0020 Jay Nolan Community ServicesJay Nolan Competitive Employment Initiative
2022-WSSEG-0021 Momentum WORK, Inc.Momentum 4 Lunch Culinary Arts & Hospitality Career Pathway Program
2022-WSSEG-0022 New Leaf SolutionsBenefits Planning for Paid Internship Program (PIP) Participants
2022-WSSEG-0023 Options for AllWorkforce Development Riverside
2022-WSSEG-0024 Orange County Asperger's Support GroupAutism IN Entertainment Conference
2022-WSSEG-0025 PathPointPathPoint's Customized Employment & Employer Resources Pilot Project
2022-WSSEG-0026 Peak Performance Training Centers, Inc.ACTT (Advanced Cognitive Training Tools)
2022-WSSEG-0027 Pomeroy CenterPRRC Transition Employment Project
2022-WSSEG-0028 Progressive Employment ConceptsCreating a cadre of skilled Customized Employment mentors and professionals in California to increase quality employment outcomes
2022-WSSEG-0029 Redesign of LearningBridging the Education and Employment Gaps within the Intellectual/Developmental Disability Community.
2022-WSSEG-0030 Redwood Coast Regional CenterCustomized Employment Mentoring
2022-WSSEG-0031 Seesaw Communities, IncSeesaw's Coffee Cart
2022-WSSEG-0032 Self-Determined Futures L.L.C.Pursuit To A More Inclusive Workforce
2022-WSSEG-0033 Sierra CollegeLearning Independence for Future Employment (LIFE) Project
2022-WSSEG-0034 South Central Los Angeles Regional CenterSCLARC Legacy Employment Assistance Program
2022-WSSEG-0035 Special Needs NetworkYELEP - Youth Employment Leadership and Empowerment Program
2022-WSSEG-0036 St. Madeleine Sophie's CenterLife Skills for Vocational Success project
2022-WSSEG-0037 The Adult Skills CenterACRE Train the Trainer Program
2022-WSSEG-0038 The Arc of San Diego The Arc of San Diego's Inclusion at Work Project
2022-WSSEG-0039 TransCen, Inc.Customized Employment, Principles to Practice
2022-WSSEG-0040 TransCen, Inc.Imagine the Possibilities, Family Engagement Training & Parent Workshop
2022-WSSEG-0041 UC Davis Promoting Competitive Integrated Employment for Young Adults with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2022-WSSEG-0042 USC UCEDDInnovative Peer Navigator Employment Pathway for Health Care Services
2022-WSSEG-0043 USC UCEDD at CHLA1Pathways to Competitive Integrated Employment in Advanced Manufacturing and Web Development for Individuals with IDD receiving Lanterman Act services
2022-WSSEG-0044 Yes I Can Unity Through Music and Education, Inc.Summer Meltdown Festival Project
2022-WSSEG-0045 Zavikon LLCZavikon Supported Placement

Please send questions, comments and feedback to: EmploymentGrant@dds.ca.gov


Last modified: March 24, 2023