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Adult Education and Literacy Professional Development Network and Technical Assistance (posted 02/23/2024)

ICCB will provide $395,000 in grant funding opportunities to be administered to support the Professional Development Network and the Adult Education Hotline. Per regulations in the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA), a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) will be posted for 45 days on the ICCB website, as well as the GATA Grantee Portal, and disseminated to all eligible recipients.

The grant objectives are as follows:

  • To enhance the quality of English Language Acquisition instruction and support across Illinois through Professional development, technical integration for WIOA Title II providers.
  • To provide technical assistance for assessments approved by the National Reporting System.
  • Deliver evidence-based reading instruction, maintain and promote the Adult Education Hotline for ICCB-funded Adult Education Programs.

Grant Period:  July 1, 2025- June 30, 2026.

Application Package Due Date/Time: April 8, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

Submit Application Package to: ICCB.ael.compliance@illinois.gov

Questions are to be submitted to: Kathy.Olesen-Tracey@illinois.gov

Application Materials:


Taking Back the Trades! Trades School Grant Program- Round 2 (posted 02/09/2024)

ICCB will provide $5,000,000 in grant funding opportunities to be administered to support Trade School Programs. The purpose of this grant is to provide access to careers in the “trades” for young adults, particularly those in underserved community marked by high youth unemployment, low graduation rates, or other relevant indicators. For the purposes of this grant, youth is defined as those aged 16-24 and the “trades” are defined as technical occupations in the following sectors:

  1. Architecture and construction
  2. Energy
  3. Healthcare
  4. Information Technology
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  7. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Grant Period: June 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024 @ 11:59 p.m.

Bidder’s Conference: March 07, 2024 @ 1:00 p.m., https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?MTID=maf40e8617b74e66939e154c09d82382e

Questions? Email questions to Tasha Allan at natasha.allan@illinois.gov. All questions will be compiled and posted as an FAQ.

Application Materials:


FY24 Noncredit Workforce Training Grant

The Illinois Community College Board  (ICCB) invites community colleges to apply for the non-competitive Non-credit Workforce Training Initiative. The grant objectives are as follows:

  • Expand Noncredit Program Offerings: Colleges should aim to prioritize significantly in-demand and emerging occupations for programming built, expanded, or supported through this grant.
  • Offer Business Solutions to Employers: In addition to customized training, community colleges offer a suite of business solutions to employers. Examples of business solutions include quality and safety audits; training workshops relevant to leadership, essential employability skills, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access; contract procurement assistance, etc. Colleges should prioritize small businesses (500 employees or less) as well as minority or woman- owned businesses for these business solutions. Colleges may expand the number of employers they offer business solutions to and/or provide additional services as a result of these grant funds.
  • Increase Affordability of Noncredit Training for Students, particularly those who are low-income, un- or underemployed, and or otherwise underrepresented in the sector in which        training is be offered. Activities may include offsetting costs of training, creating noncredit apprenticeship programs, and increasing efficiencies to sustain affordability.

Note that this initiative excludes developmental education, youth programs, community enrichment, adult education and English language acquisition.

Grant Period: April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

Application Package Due Date: March 8, 2024

Submit Package to: Alex Weidenhamer – Alex.weidenmamer@illinois.gov

Questions are to be submitted to: Alex Weidenhamer – Alex.weidenhamer@illinois.gov

Application Materials


Expansion of ESL Services for Adult Education Providers in the Chicagoland Area working with Asylees, Refugees, and Migrants Grant

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) invites currently funded Title II programs to apply for the Expansion of ESL Services for Adult Education Providers in the Chicagoland Area working with Asylees, Refugees, and Migrants Grant.ICCB will fund a maximum of $750,000.00 to selected Adult Education Title II programs in the Chicagoland Area.The grant objectives are as follows:

  • Support the increasing numbers of asylees, refugees, and migrants in the Chicagoland area by helping them gain skills in English Language Acquisition.
  • Provide a system of support for the work providers are doing in partnership with emergency shelters and respite centers.
  • Prepare adults who are English Language Learners through ELL classes and activities that lead to self-sufficiency as parents, workers, and citizens.
  • Provide opportunities for English language learners to increase their basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and workforce preparation.
  • Support the recruiting of New Arrivals to the Chicagoland area, while also working to retain students by offering wrap-around services.

Grant Period: April 1, 2024- March 31, 2025

Application Package Due Date/Time: February 15, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

Submit Application Package to: ICCB.ael.compliance@illinois.gov

Questions are to be submitted to britt.pisto@illinois.gov

Application Materials: 


FY 2024 Access and Equity in Dual Credit Project  (posted 11/17/23)

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) invites community colleges to apply for the Access and Equity in Dual Credit Project Grant. All Illinois community colleges are eligible to apply for this Notice of Funding Opportunity. ICCB will fund a maximum of $3,000,000 to selected community colleges to incentivize the enhancement, expansion and support of dual credit in the state. The maximum award is $150,000.

The grant objectives are as follows:

  1. Planning and implementation strategies with the explicit purpose of supporting student persistence to college completion, whether that be a two-year transfer degree, four-year baccalaureate degree, or CTE credential or degree. This strategy should be accomplished through an increase in transferrable core academic (e.g., General Education Core Curriculum coursework, such as math, English, or Communications) and/or CTE coursework on a career pathway, that students have available at their high school, or that are made available or enhanced as part of this project. This requires strong partnerships with high schools and building clear pathways from dual credit into the college after high school graduation, supporting wrap-around services and strengthening relationships across the district.
  2. Supporting or improving equitable access to dual credit, focused particularly on students who have been historically underrepresented, including students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that are underserved, low-income students, and students in rural settings.

Grant Period: March 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.

Application Package Due Date/Time: Friday, January 26, 2024

Submit Application Package To: Patrick.F.Moore@illinois.gov

Application Materials:


FY 2024 Digital Instruction for Adult Education (posted 10/20/23)

The ICCB will provide approximately $1,850,000.00 in State Funds to support currently funded ICCB Title II programs with the Digital Instruction for Adult Education.

The grant is comprised of the following objectives:

  • Enhance the technology resources and infrastructure.
  • Access to instruction and support services.
  • Assist individuals who lack basic skills to enter postsecondary education or work- based training.
  • Developing academic and professional abilities for eligible adult learners.

Grant Period: January 1st, 2024 – December 31st, 2024

Applications Due: December 1st, 2023, 11:59 p.m. and must be submitted to ICCB.ael.compliance@illinois.gov

Questions? Email: rupa.sameer@illinois.gov

Application Materials:


FY 2024 Rev Up EV Community College Initiative (Electric Vehicle Technology Grant) (posted 10/20/2023)

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is inviting eligible applicants to apply for the SFY2024 Rev Up EV Community College Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to promote the development and growth of training programs that prepare individuals for careers in EV technology and EV specific advanced manufacturing fields, with a priority focus on programs and training in areas that are most in demand by EV business and industry partners. The ICCB will provide approximately $9.4 million in competitive grant funds to be administered by way of two objectives.

  • $700,000 for Building Capacity for EV. Maximum of $90,000 per college.
  • $8.7 million for EV Technology Development and Expansion. Grant award range: $100,000-$525,000.

Grant Period:

  • Objective A: Capacity- Building: January 15, 2024 – December 31, 2024 (12M)
  • Objective B: EV Development and Expansion: January 15, 2024 – June 30, 2024 (18M)

Bidder’s Conference: November 2, 2023 1-2 p.m. (virtual, see link in NOFO)
Applications Due: December 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. to ICCB.cte@illinois.gov
Questions? Email: whitney.thompson@illinois.gov. Questions and answers will be compiled in an FAQ and posted on this site.

Application Materials: 


FY 2024 Perkins Leadership Grant (posted: October 20, 2023)

The ICCB will provide approximately $600,000 in federal Perkins Title I Leadership dollars to be administered to support CTE programs of study. The grant is comprised of the following three objectives, of which applicants can choose one:

  • Incentivizing the Alignment of the College and Career Pathway Endorsements (CCPE) framework and Postsecondary Programs of Study
  • Enhancing Student-Centered Support Services
  • Modernization and Innovation

Grant Period: January 15, 2024 – December 31, 2024

Applications Due:  December 01, 2023, 11:59 p.m. to ICCB.cte@illinois.gov

Questions? Email: natasha.allan@illinois.gov. Questions and answers will be compiled in an FAQ and posted on this site.

Application Materials:


Innovative Bridge and Transitions Grant Program (posted: September 6, 2023)

The ICCB will provide approximately $9.194 million in grant funding opportunities to be administered to support innovative bridge and transition programs.

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • create, support, or expand innovative bridge programs and services;
  • support or create transition programs which improve student transitions to and through postsecondary education and into employment;
  • create programs that promote equity and diversity among those served; and/or
  • create programs and services that support individuals with disabilities.

Grant Period: January 1, 2024- December 31, 2024
Applications Due: November 1, 2023 11:59 p.m. to ICCB.IBT@illinois.gov
Questions? Email: ICCB.IBT@illinois.gov

Application Materials:


Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce Program (PATH)

PURPOSE:

To create, support, and expand the opportunities of individuals in the nursing pathway and select healthcare pathways to obtain credentials and degrees that allow them to enter and/or advance their careers in the healthcare industry.  Additionally, this grant aims to address the shortage of workers in the healthcare industry that have been exasperated by the COVID 19 pandemic.  Twenty-five (25) million dollars for a grant period of July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023.

Allocations for Districts

For more information and instructions on completing an Implementation Plan, review the Program Design.

Program Design

Templates for Submission by July 29, 2022 to whitney.thompson@illinois.gov

Implementation Plan Template

Uniform Budget Template

Uniform Grant Application Template

Please direct questions about this funding opportunity to Whitney Thompson, Deputy Director for Workforce Education, whitney.thompson@illinois.gov.

FY 2023 PATH FAQ (updated 7.22.22)

FY2023 PATH Grant Kick-off Zoom Meeting (VIDEO)

FY 2023 PATH Quarterly Report Template


Integrated English Language and Civics Education Renewal

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is intended to solicit a Renewal Proposal from currently ICCB IELCE funded AEFLA programs (CFR 463.23) that work to achieve the purpose of Section 243 from Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 which is to provide adult education and literacy services in order to

  • Prepare adults who are English Language Learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency.
  • Integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program.

IELCE program components provided in combination with Integrated Education and Training program must include Literacy and English Language Acquisition, Civics Education, and Workforce Preparation activities.

Grant period: The renewal period is from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Application Due Date: Please apply by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2023.

Program Lead: Contact Britt Garton Pisto, Director for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education, with questions. Britt.Pisto@illinois.gov

Submit the complete application, signature pages, and budget to iccb.submit.aelrfp@illinois.gov


Adult Education and Literacy Renewal

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is intended to solicit a Renewal Proposal from currently ICCB-funded AEFLA programs (CFR 463.23) that work to achieve the purpose of Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 which is to provide adult education and literacy services in order to

  1. assist adults in becoming literate and obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency
  2. assist adults who are parents or family members in obtaining education and skills that (a.) are necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children (b.) lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family;
  3. assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in transitioning to postsecondary education and training including through career pathways;
  4. assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners (A)improving their
    1. reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English
    2. mathematics skills;

(B) acquiring an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Grant period: The renewal period is from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Application Due Date: Please apply by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2023.

Program Lead: Contact Dr. Kathy Olesen-Tracey, Senior Director for Adult Education and Literacy with questions. Kathy.olesen-tracey@illinois.gov

Submit the complete application, signature pages, and budget to iccb.submit.aelrfp@illinois.gov


College Bridge Program  (posted: March 30, 2022)

College Bridge Program

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide minority, first-generation, and low-income students with the skills and resources to succeed as they transition into the community college from their high school, or for adults beginning or returning to college, as they transition into college.  Bridge programs can help reduce the academic burdens students face by introducing them to credit-bearing coursework, either as seniors in dual credit, or as incoming freshmen at institutions of higher education, without the need for remediation, thereby increasing their chances of success.

Grant period: The grant period is from April 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Pre-award costs from July 1, 2021 are allowable but must be in line with the approved scope of activities.

Application Due Date: Earliest convenience; applications will be processed in the order received as this is a non-competitive funding opportunity.  Please apply by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2022.

Award Amount per Grantee: Maximum amount is $220,000 for the thirty-eight districts and each of the 7 city colleges.

Program Lead: Allison Decker, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and Student Success, Illinois Community College Board, 401 E. Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 558-4163, allison.decker@illinois.gov

Submit a complete application, budget proposal, and questions to allison.decker@illinois.gov.

Application Materials:

Uniform Grant Application – College Bridge

GATA Budget – College Bridge

College Bridge Program Grant Guidelines

ARPA College Bridge Program narrative template


Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Opportunity  (posted: March 25, 2022)

Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Opportunity

This grant will support colleges in providing streamlined paths to degrees, licenses, and credentials to members of the early childhood incumbent workforce in the field of early childhood (EC) education. These funds are provided as part of a larger statewide initiative to establish the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity as mandated in PA 102-0174. The grantee, in receiving these funds, acknowledges that they are intended to help the institution operate as a member of the Consortium (as outlined in PA 102-0174, Section 20, Parts 1-10) and agrees to use the funds for the purposes described therein and to reach the goals.

This grant is intended to provide services to support faculty, students, and institutions to develop successful models that assist with moving students in and through developmental education and enrollment in gateway/credit-bearing coursework.  Applicants should be specific in noting which population they are addressing with each activity.

Grant period: August 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.  Pre-award costs back to August 2021 are allowable costs to the extent that they would have been allowable if incurred after the date of the award.

Application Due Date: Earliest convenience; applications will be processed in the order received as this is a non-competitive funding opportunity.

Maximum Amount per Grantee: See allocation table

Program Lead: Mackenzie Montgomery, Director for Student Services, (217) 557-7119, Mackenzie.Montgomery@illinois.gov

Questions?  Email mackenzie.montgomery@illinois.gov.

Application Materials:

ECE FY22 – FY24 Total Program Funding for Illinois Community Colleges (updated 5/3/22)

ECE Debt Relief Allocations

FY 2023 Early Childhood Education Implementation Plan

Uniform Grant Application – ECACE

GATA Budget ECACE


FY22 Competency-Based Education Program Development (posted: November 12, 2021)

FY2022 Competency-Based Education Development

This grant is designed to support competency-based education development in the community college system for the following high-demand sectors; Manufacturing, Allied Health, and Finance Business Services.  Using an equity-guided, community of practice approach, the goal of this grant is to a) build capacity in planning and program development, b) build institutional support, engagement, and knowledge, and c) ultimately, guide and support the institution in transitioning to implementation of a competency-based education program.

Grant period: March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Application Due Date: January 21, 2022

Maximum Amount per Grantee: $200,000

Program Lead: Whitney Thompson, Deputy Director for Workforce Education

Questions?  Email ICCB.cte@illinois.gov

Application Materials:

Grant NOFO

Uniform Application Template

Uniform Budget Template

Cover Page Template

CBE Action Plan Template

 

FY22 Innovative Bridge and Transitions Bidders Conference FAQ (posted: November 16, 2021)

 

FY21 Workforce Equity Initiative FAQ (posted: November  2, 2021)

 


 

Workforce Equity Initiative (posted: October 4, 2021)

The ICCB will provide approximately $18.7 million in grant funding opportunities to be administered to support the Workforce Equity Initiative. The purpose of this grant initiative is to serve primarily African American students (60% of the population served) by creating, supporting, or expanding short-term (year or less) workforce (credit and/or noncredit) training opportunities in high-need communities focused on specific sectors with identified workforce gaps.

The FY22 Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant announcement has been delayed and will be announced on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Grant Period: December 1, 2021- December 31, 2022
Applications Due: November, 15, 2021 11:59 p.m. to ICCB.SUBMITRFP@illinois.gov
Questions? Email: ICCB.SUBMITRFP@illinois.gov

Application Materials:

 


 

FY2022 Apprenticeship Scaling Grant
This grant package is designed to support the scaling of apprenticeship programming in Information Technology as identified by ICCB’s U.S. Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeships Grant project. The project will be focused on high-demand occupational pathways in the Information Technology Pathway Sector and use a model that will allow multiple on-ramps for apprentices at various skill levels. Eligible grant recipients include Illinois postsecondary institutions (public community colleges) that are participants under the Customized Apprenticeship Programming in Information Technology grant project.

Grant Objectives:

  1. Expand employer partnerships, including those in the public sector.
  2. Expand outreach and recruitment for apprentices, including those in targeted populations.
  3. Build on current efforts to meet or exceed performance metrics under the CAP-IT grant.
  4. Build capacity at the institution for the sustainability of apprenticeship activities.

Application Materials are due June 7, 2021, 5 p.m.

 


FY2022 Career and Technical Education Professional Development Grants

These grant opportunities are designed to support the improvement and innovation of professional development and technical assistance, as well as supporting research on equity in Illinois community colleges. The selected focus areas align with the Illinois State Plan for CTE, statewide need, and national initiatives in CTE. Funding is federal through Postsecondary Perkins Title I Leadership money. All deliverables and objectives align with Section 135 (b) of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). There are three separate grant opportunities below. Please carefully read each Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) as there as additional eligibility requirements in each.

Eligible Applicants: To be eligible, an applicant must be in the state of Illinois, in good standing with Illinois, and be one of the following. Additional eligibility criteria are laid out within each respective NOFO.

  • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
  • Public or Private nonprofit agencies

Applications Posted: April 15, 2021

Applications Due: May 28, 2021 to ICCB.cte@illinois.gov

  1. CTE Professional Development and Technical Assistance Grant
    1. Total Award Amount: $375,000
    2. Required Grant Forms:
      1. NOFO
      2. Grant Cover Page and Work Plan
      3. Uniform Budget (The Uniform Budget may not open with all browsers. If you are unable to open the document, you can download the file, save it to your computer, and then open the document from your computer.)
  1. Community College Research and Technical Assistance Grant
    1. Total Award Amount: $375,000
    2. Required Grant Forms:
      1. NOFO
      2. Grant Cover Page and Work Plan
      3. Uniform Budget (The Uniform Budget may not open with all browsers. If you are unable to open the document, you can download the file, save it to your computer, and then open the document from your computer.)
  1. Innovative CTE Programming Grant
    1. Total Award Amount: $100,000
    2. Required Grant Forms:
      1. NOFO
      2. Grant Cover Page and Work Plan
      3. Uniform Budget (The Uniform Budget may not open with all browsers. If you are unable to open the document, you can download the file, save it to your computer, and then open the document from your computer.)

 

FY2022 Adult Education Professional Development and Technical Assistance Grant

This grant package is designed to solicit proposals from eligible applicants to provide professional development and technical assistance to adult education programs under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

Funding Priorities: There are three funding priorities which include:

  1. Workplace Development
  2. Adult Basic Education / Adult Secondary Education and NRS Assessment
  3. English as a Second Language, Evidence-Based Reading Instruction, and NRS Assessment

Posted: April 15, 2021

Grant Range: $400,000-$1,200,000

Eligible Applicants: To be eligible, an applicant must be in the state of Illinois, in good standing with Illinois, and be:

  • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
  • Public or Private nonprofit agencies

Additionally, to be considered for funding under this AEL PDN TA Request for Proposal, an applicant of demonstrated effectiveness must include the following:

  • A minimum of 5-years of professional development and technical assistance for programs serving adult education and literacy.
  • A minimum of 5-years of experience in providing professional development on topics related to the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act, service integration, Integrated Education and Training Programs (ICAPS), work-based learning, programs of study, career pathways, and curriculum and instruction for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • A minimum of 5-years of experience in providing professional development on ESL, Assessment, AEL Content Standards, virtual learning communities, and on-site technical assistance.
  • Ability to travel on-site to funded programs and provide targeted technical assistance.

Applications Due: May 28, 2021.

Required Grant Forms:

  • NOFO
  • Grant Cover Page and Work Plan
  • Uniform Budget (The Uniform Budget may not open with all browsers. If you are unable to open the document, you can download the file, save it to your computer, and then open the document from your computer.)

 


FY 2022 Adult Education and Literacy Request for Proposal (RFP)


FY 2024 Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP) NOFO

FY 2023 Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP) NOFO

FY 2022 Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP) NOFO


 

Existing Grant Updates
State Grant Extensions
  • FY2019 Innovative Bridge and Transitions grant will now end – June 30, 2020
  • FY2020 Innovative Bridge and Transitions grant will now end – June 30, 2021
  • Transitional Math Support Grant will now end – June 30, 2021
  • Transitional English Pilot Grant scheduled to end on June 2020 will now end – June 30, 2021
  • FY2020 Workforce Equity Initiative will now end – June 30, 2021

 

FY21 ICCB-IDHS CURES Act Funding

 

Trades Schools Program Grant (closed)

ICCB will provide $5,000,000.00 in grant funding opportunities to be administered to support Trade School Programs.

The purpose of this grant is to provide access to careers in the “trades” for young adults, particularly those in underserved community marked by high youth unemployment, low graduation rates, or other relevant indicators.

Grant Period: June 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Application Deadline: April 14, 2023 @11:59 pm.

Bidder’s Conference/Technical Assistance: March 14, 2023 (Webinar)

Questions? Email questions to iccb.grantpayments@illinois.gov and iccb.cte@illinois.gov.

Application Materials