Trade Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity

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The purpose of this NOFO is to identify qualified organizations to assist with the administration of TAA  programs in Cook County, Northeast Region in Illinois.  Commerce will designate a qualified organization  to assist with the Trade program administration to provide services to Trade certified workers, and will  provide grant funding to support allowable TAA activities based on the level of TAA Program activities  during the grant period. The Grantee will provide Trade certified workers with opportunities to obtain the  skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed.  The Grantee will be primarily responsible  for providing TAA services to eligible workers in Cook County and the Northeast Economic Development  Region as directed by the Department.  The Grantee may also be required to support the Department in  the regional coordination of the TAA Program in Illinois’ Northeast Economic Development Region  (including Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties) and/or other  areas of the State.  Below are items that applicants should familiarize themselves with to understand the  requirements set forth in this application.  

Grant Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2018.  Submit the proposal via e-mail to, noting NOFO #74-547 within the Subject Line. Applications will be considered based on the criteria outlined in this NOFO and the availability of funds. 

Program Design

Additional consideration will be provided to projects that serve the targeted populations included in the Illinois’ WIOA Unified State Plan including:

  • Low-income individuals;
  • Individuals with disabilities;
  • Returning Citizens (ex-offenders);
  • Homeless individuals;
  • Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system;
  • Individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers;
  • Eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers;
  • Single parents (including single pregnant women); and
  • Long-term unemployed individuals.

Funding Information

Funding for this program will utilize federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Trade Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It is anticipated that Commerce will designate one qualified organization to assist with the Trade program administration to provide services to current and new Trade certified workers after State Merit Staff approval has been obtained, and will provide grant funding to support allowable TAA activities based on the level of TAA Program activities during the grant period. Grantees will provide Trade certified workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed.  Note that the specific award amount will depend on the amount of current TAA Program activity.

Eligible Applicants

This funding opportunity is limited to public and private organizations that are in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate the administrative capacity and a history of successfully administering the Trade and WIOA Programs.

Informational Sessions

July 24, 2018 - Grantee Webinar Training for NOFO Quarterly Reports
  • Webinar
  • Call In Number: 866-803-3878
    • OET Standardized Grantee Reporting Presentation (PDF)
    • Periodic Financial Report (PDF)
    • Periodic Performance Report (PDF)
    • PFR Trial Balance Cover (DOC)
    • PPR Supportive Cover (DOC)

July 6, 2018 - Trade Adjustment Assistance Program NOFO Webinar

  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM (CST)
  • Webinar
  • Call in Number - 866-821-1611

NOFO Materials

  • 2018 WIOA Budget Template for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (Excel)
  • ​2018 Trade Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF)
  • 2018 Trade Adjustment Assistance Application (PDF)