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Current Notice of Funding Opportunities

Career Pathway Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the agency responsible for administering statewide workforce development activities outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Funding for WIOA comes through the U.S. Department of Labor to eligible applicants. Additionally, DCEO supports the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB), the governing body for WIOA. The responsibility of the IWIB is to assist the Governor in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce system, which includes the creation of strategies that support the use of career pathways. These pathways connect young people with barriers to meaningful education, training, and employment. Read more about this funding opportunity.

Recent Funding Opportunities


At various times throughout the year the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Employment and Training (OET) will solicit applications for project to help us advance our mission.  Generally, funding for these initiatives will utilize federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, but other sources of funding may be available. The OET will issue a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) asking organizations to respond.  The NOFO is typically for a specific activity that is linked to the priorities of the State of Illinois Unified Workforce Plan.  Each NOFO will includes detailed instructions for submitting an application.  These funding opportunities are limited to public and private organizations that are in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.  DCEO selects the organizations whose responses best meets the evaluation criteria outlined in the solicitation.  

Anyone wishing to apply under one of these NOFOs must pre-qualify through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-award process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire.

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Note: This is for the Department of Commerce and Special Staff

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