Grant Accountability and Transparency

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) of 2014, 30 ILCS 708/1 et seq., increased accountability and transparency in the use of grant funds and reduced the administrative burden on state agencies and grantees through adoption of federal grant guidelines and regulations.

GATA requires grants administered by Executive branch state agencies to be awarded via a competitive bidding process. In addition, all applicants must undergo a registration and pre-award screening process. This competitive grant award process is initiated with a Notice of Funding Opportunity.

ICJIA Grant Process

When applying for funding via a Notice of Funding Opportunity, applicants are required to concisely address a specified scope of work, provide a program budget detailing personnel and equipment needs, and qualify their experience to implement the program's scope of services. Applications are competitively reviewed and scored.


All Notices of Funding Opportunity are announced via CJ Dispatch, the ICJIA email subscriber list. Subcribe now.


Pre-qualification for ICJIA-administered state or federal grants is highly encouraged. Complete the prequalification process now and be ready to focus on other important aspects of your grant application, such as drafting a program narrative, proposing a budget, and producing any other vital information needed to secure funding for your program.

Complete the following to pre-qualify:

Also, make sure your agency IS in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, as applicable, and IS NOT:

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A well-developed grant application:

  • Adheres to criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and clearly identifies the issues to be addressed.
  • Describes the proposed program.
  • Includes proposed program goals and objectives and how they will be measured.
  • Describes strategies for implementation of proposed program capabilities and competencies of staff to support implementation.

Also consider:

  • Completing GATA pre-registration within three weeks of application deadline.
  • Submitting a Notice of Intent and questions you have about the funding opportunity as soon as possible.
  • Participating in funding opportunity conference calls and view technical assistance videos.

Funding Opportunities

Expires: December 12, 2019

Trauma Recovery Centers

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting applications for state grants to establish and enhance trauma recovery centers.

Posted: November 05, 2019

Expires: December 01, 2019

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) FFY18 Transitional Housing Program

ICJIA is requesting proposals for FFY18 Victims of Crime Act grants to support the development or expansion of transitional housing and related costs. A total of $5 million in funding is available through this solicitation for use over a period of 12 months.

Posted: October 15, 2019

Expires: November 29, 2019


The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is requesting proposals to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services throughout Illinois. Grants will be made with NFSIA FFY19 funds. A total of $663,555in funding is available through this solicitation from a targeted period of February 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. Additional funding of up to 24 months may be awarded after the initial funding period, contingent upon a satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Total funding for the grant program will not exceed 36 months.

Posted: October 23, 2019

For archived funding opportunities prior to 2019, please see: