Regular WIA Funding
The grant opportunities listed on this page are designed for eligible organizations to conduct innovation projects and are not intended to serve individual WIA customers.
Individuals seeking WIA services, including occupational or career training, should contact their local workforce investment area staff to inquire about WIA.
Your local contact information can be found at www.illinoisworknet.com.
Rapid Response Services
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity requests applications from qualified organizations to assist in the provision of rapid response services as authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (Public Law 105-220). DCEO is responsible for coordinating rapid response activity in the case of a permanent closure or mass layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, or a natural or other disaster, that results in mass job dislocation. Grant funds may be available to provide industry sector experts to develop, coordinate and implement strategies that will assist dislocated workers in obtaining reemployment as soon as possible. Applicants must have a direct connection to the industry and/or dislocation event.
Illinois Workforce Development Innovation Grants
As available funding is identified, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will work with state agency partners in conducting innovation projects to explore workforce development strategies in the sectors identified in the Illinois Pathways Initiative or targeted at other sectors or special populations identified by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, including ex-offenders, veterans and youth. Select this link to go to the Illinois Pathways web page: http://www.illinoisworknet.com/vos_portal/STEM/en/ILPathways/
Original Illinois Pathways Sectors
- Architecture & Construction
- Health Science
- Information Technology
- Research & Development
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Eligible organizations DCEO will consider for funding include: industry organizations, local workforce investment areas (LWIAs), community colleges, and community-based non-profit organizations that address issues relevant to supporting workforce development in Illinois Pathways sectors. Priority will be given to organizations that have strong employer partnerships with immediate hiring needs in the targeted skill areas and organizations committed to expanding training capacity using proven or innovative approaches to training and employing skilled workers in these targeted sectors. Individual job seekers are not eligible to apply for this grant opportunity, and should inquire about WIA services at their local Illinois workNet Center or online at www.illinoisworknet.com.
Use the DCEO Grant Tracker application to see grants awarded by DCEO.
Innovation Grants for Research on Barriers to Employment Faced by Re-Entry Populations
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is working with state agency partners to provide grants for the study and research of issues related to challenges and barriers faced by the re-entry population in finding employment in key sector occupations.
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