• Illinois Department of Labor
    Illinois Department of Human Services
    Released September 8, 2014 
    Revised: October 1, 2014
  • Q.1. What is the total funding available through this RFA?
    • A.1. The State expects to award as much as $8.5 million through this RFA. The amount to be distributed for each of the service classifications has not been predetermined.
  • Q.2. What are the minimum and maximum amounts that can be awarded to grantees?
    • A.2. A minimum or maximum award has not been established at this time.
  • Q.3. How many grants will be awarded?
    • A.3. The total number of grants to be awarded has not been predefined.
  • Q.4. What is the expected average award?
    • A.4. An average award amount has not been determined.
  • Q.5. Can current grantees apply under this RFA to expand programming at existing sites or add new sites?
    • A.5. Yes, current grantees that meet the criteria of "Eligible Applicant" in Section G. are eligible to apply.
  • Q.6. Is there a minimum or maximum number of youth to be served?
    • A.6. No.
  • Q.7. Can the geographic service area be anywhere within the state?
    • A.7. Yes.
  • Q.8. Is this program expected to offer only summer employment?
    • A.8. No. The anticipated term of the grant is November 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
  • Q.9. Are community colleges eligible applicants for the Youth Services grant?
    • A.9. Community colleges that are public institutions or that have not-for-profit status and meet the criteria of "Eligible Applicant" in Section G. are eligible to apply.
  • Q.10. Are government entities eligible to apply?
    • A.10. Yes, government entities that meet the criteria of "Eligible Applicant" in Section G. are eligible to apply.
  • Q.11. Is there a total page limit on the grant application?
    • A.11. Each individual application should not exceed 10 pages. The cover page, checklist, spending plan and narrative, linkage agreements, subcontractor information, attachments and any included letters of support are not included in the page limitations.
  • Q.12. When does the program begin?
    • A.12. The Department estimates that the term of the agreement resulting from this RFA will be eight months, beginning November 1, 2014, and continuing through June 30, 2015. There were typographical errors on page 18, page 25, and page 28 that indicated the program would begin in November 2015. Those errors have been corrected in the RFA that is now posted at the website.
  • Q.13. Under Program Classification 2, can a provider serve both in-school and out-of-school youth in one application, or must we choose only one target population?
    • A.13. Programs can propose to serve both in-school and out-of-school youth in one application.
  • Q.14. How long will this funding be available?
    • A.14. The anticipated term of the grant is November 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Funds awarded through this RFA may not be used for services provided after June 30, 2015.
  • Q.15. Are letters of support and MOUs required?
    • A.15. Documents that are not explicitly stated to be required are optional. Letters of support and MOUs may be included in the proposal and will not be counted toward the page limitations.
  • Q.16. Is there a funding formula for the grant awards?
    • A.16. The State has not established a funding formula for the purposes of this RFA.
  • Q.17. What are the requirements for matching funds?
    • A.17. There are no match requirements for funds awarded through this RFA.
  • Q.18. Can an organization submit more than one proposal?
    • A.18. This RFA details three separate service classifications: Service Classification 1 (Out-of-school time programming), Service Classification 2 (Youth employment), Service Classification 3 (Evidence-based demonstration projects supporting youth and families). Applicants may submit proposals for more than one service classification, but each proposal must be submitted as a separate application. Within each of the service classifications, a proposal may cover multiple sites.
  • Q.19. Can organizations currently funded by DHS apply for a grant?
    • A.19.This opportunity is open to organizations that currently receive funding from DHS.
  • Q.20. Can organizations submit information regarding grants they have received from other states?
    • A.20. Applicants may provide information on grants from other states.
  • Q.21. What is the required youth-to-adult ratio?
    • A.21. The RFA does not set a youth-to-adult ratio.
  • Q.22. Are providers required to serve all ages listed in the age ranges?
    • A.22. The age ranges given indicate upper and lower bounds. Applicants should indicate in the proposal the ages of youth to be served.
  • Q.23. Is subcontracting allowed?
    • A.23. Subcontracting is allowed under this RFA, as are collaborative proposals.
  • Q.24. Will this funding be available again next year?
    • A.24. As is the case for state funding for all programs, whether or not funds will available in FY16 (and, if so, at what level) is subject to the legislative process and therefore yet to be determined.
  • Q.25. What budget worksheet should be used?
    • A.25. Budget instructions and forms for each of the three service classifications have been posted to the website.
  • Q.26. Is there a checklist posted on the web page?
  • Q.27. Where can I find more information on the career clusters?
  • Q.28. Do all work experience projects have to be at sites other than the organization that applied for funds?
    • A.28. The RFA does not require that work be at sites other than the organization applying for funds.
  • Q.29. For Service Classification 2 (Youth Employment), can we target both age groups (16-21) and (16-24)?
    • A.29. For Service Classification 2 (Youth Employment), programs can propose to serve both in-school and out-of-school youth in one application.
  • Q.30. For Service Classification 2 (Youth Employment), does in-school youth include post-secondary education (community college/university) or only secondary education (high school)?
    • A.30. For Service Classification 2 (Youth Employment), the RFA defines in-school youth as ages 16-21 and is not limited to only secondary education.
  • Q.31. For youth employment (Service Classification 2), can the youth be paid for the time they spend in training?
    • A.31. For youth employment (Service Classification 2), participants may receive compensation while engaged in work readiness training.
  • Q.32. For youth employment (Service Classification 2), can the youth be paid above the $9 per hour wage?
    • A.32. Funding through this RFA cannot be used to compensate youth at a wage rate other than $9 per hour. If a provider wishes to pay a higher rate of compensation, the difference must be paid out of other funds.
  • Q.33. Can grant funds be used to cover lease payments on a passenger van to be used for transporting program participants?
    • A.33. Grant funds can be used to lease a vehicle for the purposes of transporting program participants in support of grant-funded activities.
  • Q.34. Is computer equipment for use by youth participants an allowable cost?
    • A.34. If equipment is to be purchased, its proposed use and relationship to the project should be described.