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Northeast Region Weekly Update-Illinois Department of Commerce

Northeast Region Weekly Update-Illinois Department of Commerce

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March 22, 2024

Northeast Region Weekly Update

March 22, 2024


Women’s HERstory Month 2024

"Illinois Advancing HER Business"

Please join the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as we celebrate and honor HER, Illinois women-owned businesses, during national Women’s HERstory Month. Throughout March, DCEO is hosting events and elevating resources to advance women-owned businesses throughout the state. We’ll also spotlight businesses owned by women in Illinois – learn more about how to get involved and support women-owned businesses throughout Illinois below!


 Additional Events Throughout Illinois’ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

View additional upcoming events for women-owned businesses happening throughout Illinois during the month of March and year-round.

Connecting HER to Illinois Business Resources Guide
As this guide provides a wealth of knowledge for Illinois women-owned businesses, future women business owners, and aspiring female entrepreneurs, it includes business resources offered by entrepreneur supporting organizations (ESOs) and aligned multisector organizations. Resources include financial capital (grants, loans, tools, etc.), social capital (mentoring programs & networking opportunities), contractor & vendor opportunities, and much more!

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS: Manufacturing Updates and EV Advancements Webinar

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be part of a crucial conversation involving economic, industry, and community resources all dedicated to helping manufacturers like you not just survive but thrive.

This month’s interactive webinar will feature leadership from Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, IMEC, and IMA, presenting the top 5 things you should be aware of this month to prepare for a promising 2024 from our designated organizations. We will also take a deep dive into what is going on in the EV space.

At the end of this session, there will be plenty of time for questions, feedback, and answers regarding your specific needs and circumstances. Top level leadership is encouraged to attend to help be the voice of Illinois manufacturers in this discussion.

Key takeaways from this interactive session include:

  • Examples of already available resources but also provide insights on how to access and utilize them effectively.
  • Address your specific needs, and that’s why we’ve set aside ample time for questions, feedback, and answers tailored to your concerns.
  • Opportunity to connect with peers, engage with stakeholders in the same industry.
  • Provide actionable steps for future opportunities.

CEJA Updates

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) would like to share important updates about the CEJA Clean Jobs Workforce Network (Workforce Hub) Program and the CEJA Energy Transition Navigator Program. 

Grant negotiations are underway to fund organizations to serve approximately half of the 13 hub regions for both programs, and DCEO expects to announce awards in April. A second round of applications are currently in review.

  • Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program. At this time, DCEO is still accepting applications from organizations seeking to serve the Danville hub region.
  • Energy Transition Navigator Program. At this time, DCEO is still accepting applications from organizations seeking to serve the Champaign, Danville, and East St. Louis hub regions.

Applications for these target regions will be accepted on a rolling, first come, first served basis through June 30, 2024 or until all of the funds that are earmarked for this NOFO are awarded. Please note that applications that were received by the February 23, 2024 second round deadline will be reviewed and awarded before applications that were submitted after this time.

Get Technical Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of technical assistance to improve the quality of their applications.

Request one-on-one technical assistance by completing this form.

Review recordings of information sessions, located at the bottom of the NOFO websites for the Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program and the Energy Transition Navigator Program.

Review answers to questions about these funding opportunities and submit additional questions to

Open CEJA Funding Opportunities 

The following CEJA programs are also accepting applications.

Returning Resident Clean Jobs Training Program. Round 1 deadline April 15, 2024.

Equitable Energy Future Grant Program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Community Solar Energy Sovereignty Grant Program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Do you have questions about ARPA NEU funding?

The date for the annual reporting under the ARPA NEU program is fast approaching.  DCEO continues to engage with Crowe to provide assistance to local communities to complete their reporting.  You can reach out to Crowe through the following methods:

To view the presentation slides from the March 11, 2024 webinar, click here


April 2024 – April Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday (9:00 am-9:30 am CST)

Direct link and passcode:
Passcode: 307931

Tuesday & Thursday (2:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST)
Direct link and passcode
Passcode: 888403

To ask a question or request a support call, contact the NEU Support Team at either or To ask a question about the U.S Treasury Reporting Portal, please contact

Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Urban Shelter Program

DCEO is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications for Business Resiliency program funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Funds through the State of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Community Development.

The objective of this program is to fund construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of property for Homeless (as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shelters dedicated to the provision of stable, safe and adequate housing; with a goal of increasing capacity to pre-COVID levels.

Eligible Applicants must:

• Be a unit of local government receiving, or in an area receiving direct “Entitlement” Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. See list below.

• Have a current Shelter Funding Strategy identifying needs and plans to meet the needs.

• Have a strong collaborative relationship with all relevant local entities (service providers, community organizations, etc.) and have letters of support from a minimum of 5 community homelessness support services;

• Remain compliant with all applicable provisions of State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity including, but not limited to: The Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), The Public Works Employment Discrimination Act (775 ILCS 10/1 et seq.), The United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) (42 USC 2000a-and 2000H-6), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794), The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.), and The Age Discrimination Act (42 USC 6101 et seq.)

The following Units of Local Government receiving an annual allocation directly from HUD on an entitlement (formula) basis are “Entitlements”, and eligible for this grant. Communities located within a named Urban County are also eligible to apply. In 2023, Illinois had 33 metropolitan cities and eight urban counties named as Entitlements. They are:

Urban Counties: Cook County, Madison County, DuPage County, McHenry County, Kane County, St. Clair County, Lake County, Will County

Metropolitan Cities: Arlington Heights, DeKalb, Mount Prospect, Rantoul, Aurora, Des Plaines, Naperville, Rockford, Berwyn, Elgin, Normal, Rock Island, Bloomington, Evanston, Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, Champaign, Hoffman Estates, Oak Park, Skokie, Chicago, Joliet, Palatine, Springfield, Cicero, Kankakee, Pekin, Urbana, Danville, Moline, Peoria, Waukegan, Decatur

For more information visit Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Urban Shelter Program (Notice of Funding Opportunity 3351-2722) (  Application deadline July 31, 2024.

Innovation Voucher Program

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $3 million in available grant funding through the Innovation Voucher Program. Innovation Vouchers will provide grants for companies to engage in research projects in partnership with a qualified Illinois institute of higher education, ultimately leading to the commercialization of new Illinois-based products and stimulating economic growth in the state. Grantees will be selected through a competitive application process.

This program aims to promote research and development partnerships between small- and mid-sized businesses and Illinois’ world-class higher education institutions, leveraging research capabilities, facilities, and expertise to drive innovation that propels business forward. Innovation Vouchers are designed to support with research engagement costs, including the sharing of technologies, knowledge, facilities, equipment necessary for project needs, and more.

Eligible entities include businesses with fewer than 500 employees that are Illinois-based or have at least 100 full-time employees in Illinois that operate in key industries, including agribusiness and agriculture technology, energy, information technology, life sciences and health care, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. Eligible research and development projects will lead to the creation of new products and services throughout Illinois.  Qualified entities can apply for competitive grants, with awards up to $75,000, to cover up to 75% of research engagement costs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. To view application information and apply for the grant, please visit the program website.

Local Grocers Equipment Upgrades Grant

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $3.5 million in available grant funding for local grocers through the Equipment Upgrades Program as part of the Illinois Grocery Initiative. These grants will provide funding for energy-efficient equipment upgrades for existing grocery stores, with priority given to those located in food insecure communities across the state. Grantees will be selected through a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) process.  This program is designed to strengthen existing grocery stores and preserve access to fresh food in food insecure communities, in an effort to stop the formation of new food deserts. In order to support businesses most in-need, eligible applicants must be independently owned grocers with fewer than 500 employees and no more than four grocery stores. Grocery stores located in food deserts as defined by the USDA map are prioritized for this initiative.

Qualified applicants can apply for grants between $25,000 to $250,000, with a 1:3 match required. Applications for this round of grants will be accepted until March 25, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. To view the NOFO and apply for the grant, please visit the DCEO website. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to for application assistance.

Cannabis Social Equity Loan Program

Cannabis Social Equity Loan Program - Direct Forgivable Loan Application | Link

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that applications for Round II of the Cannabis Social Equity Loan Program are open. Through the program, $12 million is available through Direct Forgivable Loans (DFL) fully financed by the State. Loan amounts, up to $240,000, will be provided to qualified, licensed social equity dispensaries.

Applicants must fill out the documents outlined below and complete the Smartsheet Application Form. Late submissions will not be reviewed or accepted. Complete instructions are detailed in the Application Cover letter. Please send application inquiries to

Deadline Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 5:00 p.m

Home Illinois Workforce Pilot Program

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $5 million in funding for the Home Illinois Workforce Pilot Program. This program is a partnership between DCEO, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness to Prevent and End Homelessness and is an extension of the Illinois Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED). Grantees will be selected through a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) process.

The goal of the Home Illinois Workforce Pilot is to support individuals experiencing homelessness by improving employment opportunities, helping them establish financial stability and improving their ability to afford permanent housing in their community. The program is an essential part of the JTED Program. The JTED Program was created to provide workforce training and wrap-around services to bolster equitable workforce recovery for Illinoisans struggling to gain meaningful employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible applicants must be the lead entity of the Continuum of Care (COC) organizations, or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) administrative entities that have demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in administering workforce development programs [20 ILCS 605/605-415(b)]. The program will be implemented in areas throughout the state that connect people who are experiencing homelessness to employment and that demonstrate systemic coordination of the homeless response system and workforce system.

The JTED program regulations require that services be provided to the “target population,” defined as persons who are unemployed, underemployed, or underrepresented that have one or more barriers to employment.

Eligible entities can apply for grants up to $2 million. Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. To view the NOFO and apply for the grant, please visit the DCEO website. To help applicants prepare to apply for funding, DCEO will hold a webinar from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on March 26, 2024. Interested parties are also encouraged to reach out to for application assistance.

The Illinois Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Grant Program is funded by the State of Illinois General Revenue Funds appropriated by the General Assembly in the State Fiscal Year 2024 budget. The requirements of the program follow 20 ILCS 605/605-415 (JTED Act) and the rules adopted in support of the JTED Act, 56 Ill. Admin. Code Part 2660 (JTED Rules).

Office of Accountability

Curious about the grant lifecycle or wanting to learn more about the different facets of grants? Have a grant-related question that you would like answered in real time? DCEO is pleased to offer three training options for current and potential grantees:

Interested in participating in a training session?

Virtual Office Hour Q & A - Tuesdays at 2pm:
Join for a virtual question and answer session via Webex in which potential and current Grantees may attend to ask questions and seek assistance. Technical Support Managers will be online to field questions, demonstrate steps, or provide instructions as needed to assist entities and individuals with the grant process.

Pre-Qualification Training – 1st Wednesday of the month 9AM:
This slide presentation will cover Pre-Qualification requirements. Pre-qualification is required of all grantees with the State of Illinois and must be maintained throughout a grant program. To be in pre-qualified status means that all required registrations have been met and an entity is in good standing and able to conduct business with the State of Illinois. Join DCEO’s Technical Support Team as we explain each step in the pre-qualification process and how to get started.

Various topics Training – 3rd Wednesday of the month 9AM:
This slide presentation will discuss important grant-related topics pertaining to grant management. Each month we will discuss a different component, process, or emerging practice that can benefit potential and existing grantees. Future topics offerings include:

  • 4/17/24 Audit and Monitoring: This training will introduce grantees to the different Audit types, requirements, and the importance of record retention.
  • 5/15/24 Writing a Grant Application: This training will explain how to complete application documents, how to read a Notice of Funding Opportunity, and how to submit the application package for review.
  • 6/19/24 Capital Grants: This training will explain what a capital grant is, requirements and eligibility for capital grants, application documents, and an overview of the grant lifecycle.
  • 7/17/24 Indirect Cost Rates: This training will introduce potential and current Grantees to the Indirect Cost Rate system, the different types of elections and requirements, and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders through the review process.

For a complete list of current DCEO grant opportunities, upcoming grant trainings, video resource library and Grant Help Desk assistance, visit DCEO Grants (

Other grant opportunities include:

Apex Accelerators Click here Deadline March 28, 2024

Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation Support Program Click here Deadline April 4, 2024

Tourism Incentive Grant Click here Deadline May 1, 2024

SBIR/STTR Match Program Click here Deadline June 30, 2024

State Job Training and Workforce Programs Click here Deadline June 30, 2024

Illinois Energy Transition Navigators Click here Deadline June 30, 2024

Illinois Clean Jobs Workforce Network Click here Deadline June 30, 2024

Jobs Training and Economic Development Teachers Apprenticeship Program Click here Deadline June 30, 2024

Community Solar Energy Sovereignty Program Click here Deadline July 1, 2024

CDBG Coronavirus Urban Shelter Program Click here Deadline July 31, 2024

Quality Jobs Program Click here Deadline December 31, 2024

Illinois Returning Residents Clean Jobs (CEJA) Click here Deadline rolling

Federal Grant Support Program Click here  No specific due date

CDBG Economic Development Program Click here Deadline rolling

Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Click here Deadline rolling


Other Federal and State Agency Grants & Programs

USDOE & Energy Communities Interagency Working Group

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) to advance clean-energy transitions across the nation. Together, they are hosting an event  focused on the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit (§48C). These opportunities can catalyze clean-energy projects that support economic development in energy communities and strengthen the nation’s energy supply chain.

Illinois Coal Basin §48C Regional Event 

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CT

Location: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

This §48C Regional Event will include:

An overview of the §48C program to prepare potential applicants.

Discussion of the advantages of investing in rural communities.

Networking with federal officials, community leaders, and clean-energy manufacturing professionals.

The event will share publicly available information, all of which will be made available to non-attendees. For additional details and to register, please visit our event page.

IEPA Residential Sharps Collection Program

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim announced an additional funding opportunity to provide grants to units of local government to conduct household waste collection and disposal of sharps for their residents. Sharps, including needles, syringes, and lancets, collected from private citizens are a household waste. Through the grant program, Illinois EPA will reimburse grantees that operate a sharps collection station as defined in Section 3.458 of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been posted Illinois EPA website.

Grant funding of up to $35,000 per applicant is available to cover expenses incurred in collecting, storing, and disposing of used sharps. Eligible expenses include costs to obtain collection containers for use by individual residents, collection receptacles to store sharps at the sharps collection station, mobilization fees assessed by a permitted Potentially Infectious Medical Waste (PIMW) transporter to pick-up collected sharps, and disposal fees for the collected sharp. All required forms and information can be found at:

Applications for the Residential Sharps Collection Program will be accepted until funding is expended or June 30, 2025. Applicants may not apply for a grant until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal

IEPA Watershed Management Grant

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim today announced a total of $4.75 million in funding through the release of two Section 319(h) Grant Program Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to address nonpoint source pollution. Illinois EPA is seeking proposals for watershed-based planning projects and watershed-based plan implementation projects to prevent, eliminate, or reduce water quality impairments to Illinois’ surface and groundwater resources.

onpoint source pollution is the result of rain or snowmelt carrying natural and human-made pollutants and depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater. It is estimated that over 60 percent of water pollution issues nationwide can be traced to nonpoint sources.

Illinois EPA receives federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act to implement the Section 319(h) Grant Program. The $4.75 million will be split, with up to $750,000 in funding anticipated to fund two (2) to four (4) watershed-based planning projects, and up to $4 million to fund 12 to 15 watershed-based plan implementation projects. These grants are available to units of local government and other organizations to protect surface and groundwater quality in rural and urban areas in Illinois.

Section 319 funds can be used for the development, update, and implementation of watershed-based management plans, including the development of information and education programs and the installation of best management practices.

The Notice of Funding Opportunities and additional information can be found at on Illinois EPA’s Nonpoint Source Grants webpage. Applications for the Section 319(h) Grant program will be accepted March 13, 2024 through 12:00 PM (CST) on May 1, 2024. Applicants must apply through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Grantee Portal.

IDOT Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

The Illinois Department of Transportation released the first official Notice of Funding Opportunity for Round One of the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, which will provide up to $50 million for the construction of 46 charging stations across the state.

The Illinois NEVI program aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by providing reliable access to charging on Illinois interstates and is part of a series of comprehensive initiatives to achieve the state’s goal of becoming a leader in manufacturing and deploying electric vehicles.

Applications for funding must be submitted by May 7 at 5 p.m. A webinar recording on the funding opportunity and how to apply is posted on IDOT’s website for reference throughout the application period. For more information, contact IDOT at

DoIT’s Office of Supplier Diversity Webinar Series for Small Businesses to Conduct Business with the State of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology’s (DoIT) Office of Supplier Diversity, in collaboration with BMO Bank, invites small businesses to participate in their “EmpowerBiz” mini-webinar series as part of the “Leveraging Diversity in Technology Procurement” educational series.

The webinar series will feature a lineup of industry experts who will cover a wide range of topics including, mastering the loan process, achieving proficiency in financial management, and boosting business growth. Each webinar will provide practical insights and actionable steps that small businesses could implement to enhance their operations and seize new opportunities to grow.

The webinars in the EmpowerBiz series include:

  • Know Your Numbers: Mastering Ratios for Business Success - 10 to 11 AM on Wed., April 17, 2024
  • Strategic Resources for Business Growth - 2 to 3 PM on Wed., May 15, 2024

Additionally, DoIT’s Office of Supplier Diversity invites current and prospective vendors to the 2024 DoIT Spring Supplier Day. Join DoIT leaders to learn about contracting opportunities with the state, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The in-person event will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM on Thurs., April 11, 2024 at the Illinois Department of Transportation Hanley Conference Center located at 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. To register for the EmpowerBiz webinar series and to participate in the upcoming Spring Supplier Day event, visit for more information.

 ICJIA Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) Grant Program

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) today released a notice of funding opportunity to provide Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) programming in historically underserved Illinois communities. R3 provides 25% of Cannabis Regulation and Trust Act tax revenues in grants to restore communities impacted by economic disinvestment, violence, and the severe and multilayered harm caused by the war on drugs.

Funded programs will offer evidence-based, promising, or innovative practices within at least one of the five R3 Program Priority Areas: civil legal aid, economic development, re-entry from the criminal justice system, violence prevention, and youth development. The negative consequences of the failed war on drugs have been felt far more severely by poor and disadvantaged communities—mostly communities of color. The R3 program seeks to repair this and other systemic disparities by ensuring funds are distributed equitably to high-need communities and provide the needed services in areas that have suffered the most harm.

Areas across Illinois were identified for R3 grant eligibility using community-level data on gun injury, child poverty, unemployment, and state prison commitments and returns, combined with disproportionately impacted areas previously identified by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. As required by statute, the map was updated this year based on new Census data. View map of R3 zones.

Organizations that serve residents of or are based in designated R3 zones are eligible to apply. Eligible for grants are nonprofit organizations, local units of government, tax-exempt faith-based organizations, businesses, and other community organizations. Application materials with instructions on how to apply are available here: Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2024.

IDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Workshops

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in March as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects. New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program, are invited.

March workshop dates and topics:

  • March 26, 10 a.m. to noon: Quickbooks - Industry Specific: Suppliers
  • March 28, 10 a.m. to noon: Quickbooks - Industry Specific: Trucking

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at Advance registration is required. Questions can be directed to IDOT’s Bureau of Small Business Enterprises at (217) 785-4611. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about available IDOT resources, visit

IMEC Made In Illinois Grant

Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) today launched $1 million in funding for the Made in Illinois Grant Program. The Made in Illinois program provides up to $50,000 in matching grant funding to small- and mid-sized Illinois manufacturers to support innovation and strategic advancements in manufacturing.

Applications are open now through March 31, 2024, and manufacturers are encouraged to explore the benefits offered by the Made in Illinois Grant Program by visiting The page provides details on eligibility criteria, application procedures, and the improvements achievable through this initiative.

To be eligible to apply for this program, companies must:

  • Be an Illinois manufacturer (as designated with a NAICS code starting with 31-33)
  • Have between 5-250 employees
  • Operated in Illinois for at least 3 years
  • Had sales revenue in the last 12 months prior to application date

Illinois EPA Energy Efficiency Projects Grant

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director John J. Kim announced the Residential Energy Efficiency Trust Fund Grant Program – previously known as the Low-Income Residential Energy Efficiency Program or LIREE - with up to $5,000,000 in funding available for energy efficiency upgrades at single family or duplex residential properties. The Energy Efficiency Trust Fund Grant Program will benefit residents receiving housing assistance from a state or federal housing assistance program and located in areas of environmental justice concern. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been posted to the Agency’s website.

Eligible applicants include public housing authorities, units of local government (municipalities, counties, or townships), or nonprofit organizations. Examples of eligible projects include window replacement, heating and cooling equipment retrofits, and lighting upgrades. Total project costs may range from $25,000 - $500,000 with a match requirement subject to total funding request.

Applications for the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund Grant Program NOFO will be accepted on a rolling basis and eligible properties will receive funding on a first come, first serve basis. For eligibility and application information, visit:

Before applying to the grant program, applicants must be pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal,

Illinois Department of Employment Security Workshare Illinois

WorkShare IL is a voluntary program that provides employers facing a decline in business with an alternative to layoffs. The program allows an employer to reduce the number of hours worked in any unit of their business in order to avoid permanent layoffs. Each employee in an affected unit continues to work but experiences a reduction in hours that ranges from 20% to 60%. Employees receive a corresponding percentage of unemployment benefits during the period of temporary reduction to offset the reduction in earnings.


  • If you are an employer and want to apply, please go to the WorkShare e-Services website or contact the WorkShare Program
  • Illinois statute authorizing WorkShare/Short-time compensation program, 820 ILCS 405/502
  • Background information from the U.S. Department of Labor

Helpful Resources

Grant Help Desk Resources

DCEO Office of Accountability

  • Office Hours for Grantees – Office of Accountability is hosting a weekly office hour every Tuesday 
  • from 2-3pm for any questions grantees or potential grantees may have.
  • Sign up for any of these sessions with this link
  • Email Us:
    • Or use our Inquiry Form:
  • Visit Our Website:
    • Browse our Learning Libraries, Quick Reference Guides, and Instructional Videos

Grant Accountability and Transparency (GATA)

  • GATA Grantee Portal:
  • GATA Grantee Portal New User Guide:
  • GATU Resource Site:
  • Catalog of State Financial Assistance (CSFA):
  • DCEO Current Grant Opportunities:

Audit Report Review Process Manual:

DCEO Website –

The Illinois DCEO website includes a page dedicated to current state and federal grant opportunities as well as Grantee resources. Click here to find valuable information!

Join DCEO’s Team

DCEO’s Team is expanding around the state.  To apply for these jobs, please go to the Work4Illinois website at and use the search function to find the positions for our department.

Posting closing 3/27/24

Statistical Research Technician – Office of Employment & Training – Sangamon County

Posing closing 3/29/24

Small Purchase Contract Manager (Personal Services Contract) – Office of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement – Sangamon County

Internal Auditor– Office of Internal Audits– Cook County

Posting closing 4/03/24

OET Technical Assistance Manager (SPSA, OPT 1) – Office of Employment and Training – Sangamon County

Posting closing 4/4/24 

Chief Accountability Officer (SPSA, OPT 1) – Office of Accountability – Sangamon County (primary), Cook County (secondary)

Following DCEO & Connecting with Team RED

If you have upcoming meetings or events and would like DCEO to participate, please reach out to us. Follow us on our social media channels for real time updates.
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