Commerce will accept proposals from social service agencies, private-sector for profit and non-profit employers, educational institutions, and private sector for profit and non-profit training providers or other entities, such as sector employer associations with the ability to engage employers to facilitate training placements. The DEI is experimental in nature, and each DEI grant is targeted to pilot services for specific age groups, in specific geographic areas. See below for the focus of each funding stream.
ILLINOIS DEI ROUND 4 - Projects serving adults in Local Workforce Areas 1 (Lake County), and 25 (Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, and Williamson Counties) will be funded. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.
ILLINOIS DEI ROUND 5 - Projects serving youth in Local Workforce Area 6 (DuPage County) and North/Northwest suburban Cook County will be funded.