Funding Opportunities

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Current Notice of Funding Opportunities

Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Program 2021

DCEO is pleased to announce $20 million in funding for job training and support activities to assist individuals most in need become qualified and employed in industries hardest hit by Covid-19. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded Workforce Recovery Initiative provides funding to build the capacity of the state's workforce system and prioritize creating equitable access for historically underrepresented populations in Illinois.  This funding restores the Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED) model to address the barriers to work experienced by adults and youth during the pandemic and provides a pool of talented job seekers for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Read more about this funding opportunity.

Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship 2021

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) sets forth the requirements for funding pre-apprenticeship programs as specified by the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act ("Illinois Works Act"), 30 ILCS 559/20-1.  It is in the public policy interest of the State of Illinois (the "State") to ensure that all Illinois residents have access to State capital projects and careers in the construction industry and building trades, including those who have been historically underrepresented in those trades. To ensure that those interests are met, the General Assembly created the Illinois Works Pre-apprenticeship Program, the Illinois Works Apprenticeship Initiative, and the Illinois Bid Credit Program. 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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