Recent Funding Opportunities

A number of new opportunities for workforce development funding have recently been made available. First, the City of Chicago announced that its 2015-2016 Community Development Grant Application (CDGA) RFP is now open. Next, DFSS is accepting applications for the 2014 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship program.  The U.S Department of Labor has also announced [...]

New 2014 CDBG and CSBG Funding Data

2014 funding allocations for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) have been provided by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and are now available on the WIRE.  Nearly $7 million has been made available from these two sources for DFSS workforce service providers in 2014. As in [...]

DOL Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced three grant opportunities for non-profit organizations. In total the grants amount to more than $250 million for training and education for various target populations. Around $30 million will be available to help adults transition out of prison and back into the workforce; about $73 million for the YouthBuild [...]

Government Shutdown and Budget Debates Affect Workforce Development Programs

The federal government shutdown and adjacent budget debates affected workforce development programs in significant ways.  In Chicago, a number of WIA-funded organizations cut back services as the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership adjusted to a lack of funding.   Individual Training Account (ITA) funding was suspended for many adults and dislocated workers in Cook County. On October 17 [...]

Unemployment Remains High in Illinois, Chicago

August 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page.  These figures show little or no decline in unemployment.  What is being done in the city and state to address unemployment? DFSS service providers provide critical workforce development services to [...]

Updated Urban Weatherization Initiative Grants Data

This past summer training and implementation grants were awarded to a number of organizations across the state through the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). The UWI program was created in 2009 by the Illinois legislature in order to decrease the effect of high energy costs on low-income households, stimulate local economies, and create jobs for low-income [...]

Making the Case for Chicago’s Workforce Services

Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services is one agency that funds providers addressing barriers to employment and career advancement for disadvantaged job seekers and low-income workers. These issue briefs explain the critical role these provider organizations play, especially for persons who are homeless, have criminal records, or are limited in English proficiency. Over 50% of DFSS workforce [...]

Making the Case for Chicago's Workforce Services

Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services is one agency that funds providers addressing barriers to employment and career advancement for disadvantaged job seekers and low-income workers. These issue briefs explain the critical role these provider organizations play, especially for persons who are homeless, have criminal records, or are limited in English proficiency. Over 50% of DFSS workforce [...]

New IDHS Data Available on the WIRE

Work First and Earnfare funding and outcomes data through 2013 is now available on the WIRE. CJC staff collect and organize this sort of information for various publicly-funded training and workforce education programs on an on-going basis. This most recent data comes directly from IDHS, the state-level administering agency for both programs.  To learn more about each program and [...]