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Current Notice of Funding Opportunities

Technical Assistance NOFO

Integrating local workforce services for job-seeker and employer customers is a priority for the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB). Because Illinois has many departments and programs involved in service delivery, integrating these many resources is essential for customers to have a positive experience. "This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides the requirements for submitting proposals that focus on integrating services for job seekers and improving employer access to the skilled workforce they need through the systemwide adoption of best practices in service integration and WIOA regional & local planning.

For more information about this funding opportunity, visit the NOFO page.

Apprenticeship Expansion NOFO

​In June of 2019, Illinois received an Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) Grant for $2.19M to serve at least 800 new registered apprentices. With an additional $2-3M from DCEO's WIOA Statewide Activities Fund, the total funds to be released via a NOFO in Fall of 2019 will be approximately $4-5 Million. The Apprenticeship Expansion Program is part of a larger strategy to help Illinois' companies develop and expand apprenticeships. The NOFO will also identify projects to serve WIOA eligible youth, adults and incumbent workers in Registered Apprenticeship programs. This NOFO supports the Governor's priority of expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Illinois. 

Learn more about this funding opportunity.



Recent Funding Opportunities


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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, www.grants.illinois.gov. 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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​Search for Grant Opportunities throughout Illinois with the Illinois Catalog of State Financial Assistance (CSFA) Search.



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