Illinois Talent Pipeline Management NOFO FAQ

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  1. Is there a budget template specific for the new Illinois Talent Pipeline grant application? Or can we use all the line items on the existing Uniform Grant Budget Template?

    ​There will be an updated budget template that should be posted by the end of this week (2/9/18).

Fiscal, Budget

  1. Are applicants allowed to adjust to budget forms?

    Applicants are allowed to add rows and expand the text boxes in Section C - BUDGET WORKSHEET & NARRATIVE.  The other Sections of the the Uniform Budget Template do not allow editing.
  2. Are pre-award costs included in the full award disbursement, if contract is awarded?

    Pre-award costs for services in anticipation of an award are allowable, where necessary, for the efficient and timely performance of the program, and are subject to 2 CFR 200.458.  To be accepted, proof of services must meet the guidelines and requirements outlined within this NOFO.  Only applicants who receive an award as a result of the NOFO and merit-based review process will be eligible for pre-award costs.  
  3. How do we present the sliding scale match in the Uniform Grant Budget Template? Do we just use an average for a number? 

    According to the NOFO, there is no cost sharing or matching requirement.  There is an employer match requirement for incumbent worker training that should be detialed in the SECTION C of the budget template
  4. If our organization has a Federally negotiated indirect cost rate, are we permitted to use that indirect cost rate as we craft our budget? 

    Yes.  For more information on the Indirect cost rate options please see page 14 of the NOFO.
  5. Is there a list of allowable costs specific to this grant?   

    According to the NOFO, allowable costs must be necessary, reasonable, and allocable based on the activity or activities contained in the scope of work.  Costs must be in accordance with the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200 and the DOL Exceptions to the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 2900.  See the Uniform Budget Template INSTRUCTIONS Tab for a complete list of budget line items.
  6. We are to use the standard budget proposal as stated on page 18 NOFO - where can this be found? 

    The Uniform Budget Template is posted on the NOFO webpage under the NOFO Materials


  1. Are we to use the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance?

    Yes,  The Uniform Application must be completed as a cover for each proposal.  All applications must include the following mandatory forms/attachments in the order identified below.  Please compile these attachments into one electronic file for items 1-7 and one electronic file for the budget proposal.
    1. Signed Application
    2. Executive Summary
    3. Technical Proposal
    4. Implementation Plan
    5. Other Required Attachments (see Section D of the NOFO)
    6. Resumes of Program Staff
    7. Partnership Agreements and/or Memorandums of Understanding
    8. Budget Proposal

  2. How do I register in the SAMS System (System for Award Management)?

    Organizations should follow the step by step instruction at the following website to complete this the SAMS registration:
  3. How long does it take to complete the pre-award registration process?

    Organizations should go to to start the automated registration process.  This process takes several steps and should be completed with the assistance with the organization's fiscal officer to insure that the automated e-mails are routed to the appropriate staff.  New organizations are generally advised to allow for at least a week to complete the State of Illinois registration process.  Please note that this timeline assumes that the organization also has a valid DUNS number and is registered in the federal System for Award Managment System(SAMS).
  4. In the application format section, it states that the proposal narrative is a maximum of 12 pages. Does that refer to the Technical Proposal portion only? (excluding executive summary, application and other attachments)

    Yes, the Technical Proposal is the 12 page maximum.   
  5. Page 16 directs applicants to submit a one page Executive Summary and a Technical Proposal of not more than 12 pages, plus a Documentation of Need not more than 2 pages, and a Specific Project Requirements and Considerations, not to exceed 6 pages. Is the

    There is no standard form for the executive summary and technical proposal.  Applications must be formatted to an 8 1/2 x 11-inch page size, using 11-point type and at 100% magnification. Tables may be used to present information with a 10-point type.  The program narrative must be typed single-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. The proposal narrative is a maximum of 12 pages.  The entire application, including appendices, must be sequentially page numbered (hand written page numbers are acceptable). Items included in the attachments are NOT included in the page limitations.
  6. When should an organization update the Internal Control Questionnaire on the portal?

    Grantees are required to update the Internal Control Questionnaire at least every fiscal year.  The ICQ responses should be updated and resubmitted if there are significant changes that would impact an organization's capacity to administer a grant.
  7. Where can I find the ITPM 2018 NOFO?

    ​You can find the Illinois Talent Pipeline Management (ITPM) 2018 NOFO here:

Partnership Agreements/MOUs

  1. We are in the process of developing an MOU with our local LWIA in compliance with the instructions per the current Illinois Talent Pipeline Program grant application.  I am unsure what role and responsibility the LWIA will have regarding recruitment, elig

    Applicants other than Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) and their active WIOA operators and providers must work with their designated LWIA(s) to create a viable approach for complying with WIOA client eligibility, reporting, and performance requirements.  Applicants must identify staff that is qualified to certify and document eligibility in the Illinois Workforce Development System for WIOA customers and Illinois Workforce Training System for incumbent worker trainees.  Applicants are advised to work wtih with project partners to clearly identify the roles and responsiblity regarding the recruitment, eligibility determination, enrollment, on-going case managment performance and any other applicable project managment considerations. 
  2. Where can I go to find out more information regarding my local workforce areas.

    A listing of the local workforce areas is posted on-line at  - Also contact the NOFO staff contact for additional assistance and referrals based on your local area.


  1. Can Incumbent Worker funds be used to pay the salaries of workers when they are in training?

  2. In regards to the incumbent worker training services, are funds available through the grant to pay employers to offset training costs?

    Yes, Incumbent Worker funds are available to support the cost of training.  Employers could be reimbursed up to 90% of the Incumbent Worker training costs based on the number of employees.  Companies are required to provide matching contributions based on the following:
    • 10 percent of the cost, for employers with not more than 50 employees;
    • 25 percent of the cost, for employers with more than 50 employees but not more than 100 employees; and
    • 50 percent of the cost, for employers with more than 100 employees.
  3. The NOFO identifies "Individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers as one of the targeted populations to be served". Can you provide more information on wh

    This targeted population includes individuals with barriers to employment as defined in WIOA including but not limited to individuals who have low levels of literacy and individuals served under the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) that is authorized under Section 167 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
  4. What are the Incumbent Worker eligibility requirements? Can WIOA funds pay for training of workers that are not US Citizens?

    An incumbent worker is a paid employee who has been employed at least 6 months with the applicant business, who is at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen whose status permits employment in the United States.
  5. What is the difference between a registered and nonregistered apprenticeship?

    See Appendix A - Illinois Common Career Pathways Definition and Guidance of the NOFO and for more information.
  6. What is the difference between and in-school and out-of-school youth?

    See Appendix C of the NOFO for detailed information regarding the WIOA eligibility requirements
  7. What type of information must be provided by the business on the employees to be trained?

    Because the WIOA funding for Incumbent Worker Training is a federal Grant, each incumbent worker must meet eligibility criteria to receive federal funds. Illinois will require the complete name, social security number, and training information for each incumbent worker participant.  This information is submitted securely through the Illinois Workforce Tracking System.