Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Grant Opportunities For Qualifying Organizations

Information regarding available grants targeted at specific workforce development issues.

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 WIOA customers

Individuals seeking WIA services, including occupational or career training, should contact their local workforce investment area staff to inquire about WIOA.

Your local contact information can be found at

Rapid Response Services

The Illinois Department of Commerce requests applications for demonstration projects providing Rapid Response services to businesses and workers impacted or at-risk of being impacted by company closures or layoffs.  Grantees will facilitate or provide skill upgrade training to WIOA eligible dislocated workers or incumbent workers at-risk of losing their jobs.  Applicants must have a direct connection to the industry and/or dislocation event.  For more information please visit the program website at

Statewide Innovation Grants

The Illinois Department of Commerce requests applications for projects that address the priorities identified in the State of Illinois Workforce Plan for pilots that integrate workforce, education and economic development services; that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and, that assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.  For more information please visit:

Statewide Innovation Request for Application

Use the Grant Tracker application to see grants awarded by the Department of Commerce.

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