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Illinois Statewide Rapid Response Funds

On March 9, 2020 Governor Pritzker issued a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation in response to COVID‐19. The proclamation allows local workforce development agencies to access State resources in order to support small businesses facing financial impacts from the COVID-19 national health emergency. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has identified Statewide Rapid Response funds to reinforce Layoff Aversion activities due to Illinois Executive Order 2020-10 (COVID‐19 Stay‐at‐home Order).  


Attached you will find the Emergency Funding Pre-Application instructions and a Pre-Application Fillable form. If you or other local small businesses in your area fit the definition of an “essential business” under the Governor’s latest criteria, funding may be available to them to help offset the costs for things such as clean-up sanitation services, computer software and hardware, and cross-functional and/or transitional training that are directly related to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order


The range for funding is $5,000 - $50,000 per employer/physical location. 


Applications for these competitive state grants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. The DCEO has streamlined the process for employers by providing them with only a 2-page fillable form to complete, so hopefully that will minimize the time and effort needed to take advantage of this very timely funding opportunity.


If you have any questions about this e-mail, please feel free to contact your local WorkNET Center: 

NCI Works! One Stop Center - Ottawa

(LWIA 4)

Address: 1550 First Ave., An Illinois workNet Center, Ottawa, IL 61350

Phone: 815-640-9407

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: http:/​/​www.​best-inc.​org/​

Grundy Workforce Services

(LWIA 11)

Address: 725 School Street, An Illinois workNet Center, Morris, IL 60450

Phone: 815-942-0566

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: http:/​/​www.​grundyworkforce.​com


Livingston Workforce Services

(LWIA 11)

Address: 211 East Madison Street, Room 222, Pontiac, IL 61764

Phone: 309-268-8280

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: https:/​/​livingstonworkforceservices.​weebly.​com/​

Career Link - Stark County

(LWIA 15)

Address: 106 E. Williams St., Wyoming, IL 61491

Phone: 309-606-9060

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: http:/​/​www.​careerlink16.​com

American Job Center - Kewanee

(LWIA 13)

Address: 404 East Third Street, An Illinois workNet Center, Kewanee, IL 61443

Phone: 309-852-6544

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Career Link - Woodford County

(LWIA 15)

Address: 1950 S. Main Street, Eureka, IL 61530

Phone: 309-467-4445

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: http:/​/​www.​careerlink16.​com

Illinois workNet - Workforce Center of Will County

(LWIA 10)

Address: 2400 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435

Phone: 815-727-4444

TTY/TDD: 800-526-0844

Website: http:/​/​www.​jobs4people.​org/​

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