JTED-SNAP Pilot Employment and Training Program

RFA Information


NOTICE OF GRANT OPPORTUNITY
JTED-SNAP PILOT PROJECT
REQUEST FOR APPLICATION

SUMMARY:
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Commerce), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), and the Illinois Workforce Investment Board (IWIB) submitted and were approved to operate a pilot project that would test a newly designed JTED-SNAP Program. This project is funded through The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service; “Fiscal Year 2015 Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)” opportunity.

PROGRAM GOALS:
The goal of the project is to develop and test the JTED-SNAP pilot project that presents an opportunity to offer a proven JTED employment program to SNAP E&T participants. Specifically, it has the potential to address the unmet needs of a large number of underemployed and unemployed SNAP participants in Illinois who need basic and technical skills and work experience (i.e., enhanced on-the-job learning) along with support services to get good jobs, increase earnings, and reduce reliance on public assistance. The JTED-SNAP Pilot Project is part of a larger National study and includes a robust evaluation process associated with the pilot projects to test a range of innovative and promising approaches and strategies that can be implemented into the existing SNAP E&T program.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:
To be eligible for a grant under this program, the respondents to this RFA must be CBO’s that have the best capacity to fully implement the collaborative JTED-SNAP program model that leverages and integrates these federal and state programs. CBO’s must have demonstrated success in administering career training and placement programs and have the capacity to run a work experience component including being the “Employer of Record”. The seven regions defined by the Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIA) are targeted for this opportunity and consist of the following counties: Adams, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Cook, DeWitt, Franklin, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Monroe, Peoria, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Schuyler, St. Clair, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, Williamson, Winnebago, and Woodford.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY:
Eligible applicants wishing to apply must submit a non-binding notification of intent to apply by October 1, 2015 to JTED-SNAP@illinoisworknet.com. This notification is available under RFA Documents on the right side of this page as a word document “Intent to Apply” and must be completed in full.

GRANT INFORMATION:
The estimated project period of performance is currently expected to be January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017, subject to change. The approved budget will cover expenses for the same period of time. DUE DATE: Proposals must be received by the Department no later than October 28, 2015 by 5:00 pm. The following documents are available from the RFA Documents section located on the top right section on this page;

  1. The notice of intent to apply “Notice of Intent to Apply – JTED-SNAP”
  2. The RFA instructions “JTED-SNAP Request for Application Instructions”
  3. The RFA attachments “JTED-SNAP RFA Attachments”
  4. The application “Organization Name - JTED-SNAP Pilot Project Application” and
  5. The applicant signature page “Organization Name- Applicant Certification Signature Page – JTED-SNAP”

Once you have completed the application the document needs to be renamed by replacing “Organization Name” with your organizations name. The application must to be submitted as a word document. The applicant certification signature page must be signed and submitted as a separate attachment renaming the file by replacing “Organization Name” with your organizations name; this can be submitted as a PDF file. Any additional information required by the RFA that cannot be included in the application format needs to be submitted in a separate document and can be in a PDF file format. Respondents much submit the above documents via email to JTED-SNAP@illinoisworknet.com.

APPLICATION ORIENTATION:
Application Orientation meetings have been scheduled and below are details regarding the meetings. Registration is required and you can register here.

Site: Springfield
Center for Workforce Development
Southern Illinois University
2450 Foundation Drive, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62703-5464
Located on the Lincoln Land Community College Campus
Date: September 23, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Site: Chicago
Blandic Building
160 N LaSalle Blvd
Room C-500 on the 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Webinar: You will need to register for the webinar here. You will receive a link to the webinar after registration.
Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 10:00am and repeated at 2:00pm

Program Overview


A Collaborative Partnership Addressing Needs of the Underemployed and Unemployed

Illinois has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive a $21.9 million grant to develop and test a robust Employment and Training Program that will assist Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to find jobs with local businesses and work toward self-sufficiency.  The JTED-SNAP Pilot Employment and Training Program is a collaborative partnership of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) and the Illinois Department of Commerce Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Program. This initiative addresses the needs of underemployed and unemployed SNAP participants in Illinois who require basic and technical skills and work experience to get good jobs, increase earnings, and reduce reliance on public assistance.

The JTED-SNAP pilot will competitively select a subset of current JTED and SNAP Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that have the best capacity to fully implement the collaborative JTED-SNAP program model that leverages and integrates these federal and state programs. It also will select additional CBOs in downstate Illinois including community action agencies with similar capacity in partnerships with community colleges and other adult education providers.  Counties targeted by this pilot project include:  Adams, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Cook, DeWitt, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, Macon, Marshall, McDonough, Monroe, Peoria, Pike, Randolph, Schuyler, St. Clair, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Washington, Winnebago, Woodford, Perry, Jackson, Jefferson, Franklin, Williamson.

A Request for Application and additional program details will be forthcoming and will be posted on Illinois workNet.

Archived Webinar


JTED-SNAP Program Application Orientation Webinar Materials and Recording:

  • JTED-SNAP Pilot Project Bidders Conference Presentation (PDF)
  • JTED-SNAP Fiscal Presentation for Grantees (PDF)
  • SNAP E&T Presentation (PDF)

RFA Documents


  • Notice of Intent to Apply – JTED-SNAP (MS Word)
  • JTED-SNAP Request for Application Instructions (PDF)
  • JTED-SNAP RFA Attachments (PDF)
  • Organization Name - JTED-SNAP Pilot Project Application (MS Word)
  • Organization Name- Applicant Certification Signature Page – JTED-SNAP (MS Word)


Partnering Resources


  • ICCB Adult Education and Family Literacy FY16 Programs (PDF)
  • ICCB Adult Education and Family Literacy Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Programs (PDF)
  • ICCB Bridge Programs (PDF)
  • ICCB ICAPS Programs with Career Cluster (PDF)

Press Release


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FAQs


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