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Transition Readiness Grants

The Transition Readiness Grant (TRG) program was established under 2017 Act 59 (Act 59, the 2017-19 biennial budget) with a base funding of $1,500,000. This program was designed to support Wisconsin’s students with disabilities to successfully transition to competitive work and post-secondary education environments after high school. The inaugural grant program, beginning in FY 2019, accepted more than 130 applications requesting more than $9 million in total aid. The first group of awards went to 37 districts across the state and in all 12 CESAs.

2021-2022 TRG Awards

The department is excited to announce the Transition Readiness Grant Awards for the 2021-22 school year. School districts and charter schools under Wis. Stat. 118.40(2r) and (2x) were eligible to compete for funding that supports evidence-based practices related to the successful transition from high school for students with IEPs. The $1.5 million fund will support:

  • Transportation options (including contracted services or vehicle purchases)
  • Competitive Integrated Employment Training (CIE) Programs
  • Post-secondary tuition/supports for students
  • Transition Training for Staff Members

Click here for a full list of awards.

Application coming Spring 2022

School districts and charter schools under Wis. Stat. 118.40(2r) and (2x) are eligible to compete for funding for FY 22 that supports evidence-based practices related to the successful transition from high school for students with IEPs. The $1.5 million fund will support:

  • Transportation options (including contracted services or vehicle purchases)
  • Competitive Integrated Employment Training (CIE) Programs
  • Post-secondary tuition/supports for students
  • Transition Training for Staff Members

Grant awards must be not less than $25,000 and not more than $100,000. Substitutions for a funding category will not be allowed.

Funding will be determined based on a competitive process. The application will be released in Spring 2022.

Application Support

Utilize the resources below to complete TRG applications for FY2022. Eligible entities must submit ONLY a fillable original PDF electronic copy to the DPI by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021. To complete the application, users must FIRST download the application using Adobe Acrobat. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat. Digital signatures are accepted for the TRG application.

2021-22 Q&A Webinar

A Q&A webinar was hosted for the 2021-22 TRG awards on March 4, 2021. Materials from this webinar can be found below. A recording of the webinar can be found on the Transition Improvement Grant's YouTube channel.

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Previous Grant Years

A summary of the grant program for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Making a Claim

Claims for the TRG program should be made at least twice per school year using The Program Fiscal Report (PI-1086).

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Budget Revisions

Budget revisions can be made at any time. An approved budget must be on file with the Department in order to process a claim for reimbursement.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Transition Readiness Grant program please contact Alicia Reinhard, Statewide Transition and Graduation Consultant at alicia.reinhard@dpi.wi.gov or (608) 266-1146.