Grant Accountability and Transparency at ICJIA

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.

Pursuant to the Act, the Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit (GATU) was established within the Governor's Office of Management and Budget; GATU is charged with implementation of the Act in coordination with state grant-making agencies and nonprofit organizations in Illinois. GATA requires grants administered by state agencies to be awarded in 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 (NOFO).

ICJIA Grant Award Process

A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requires applicants 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 applicants must:

  • Register on the State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) web portal.
  • Pass the pre-qualification verification of the following:
    • valid DUNS number, current SAM.gov account;
    •  not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
    •  be in Good Standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, as applicable;
    • not be on the Illinois Stop Payment list and not on the Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services Provider Sanctions list.
  • Complete the Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ).

Once a grant award is given to an applicant they must submit to ICJIA a grant packet that includes an ICJIA approved:

  • Fully executed agreement
  • Program narrative
  • Program budget
  • Sets of certification documents
  • Programmatic Risk Assessment (PRA)

Helpful Hints

A well-developed grant application includes:

  • Data and evidence that support the program scope and suggested outputs.
  • Program scope that is aligned with national, regional or local initiatives.
  • Strong and established partnerships with community groups, other not-for-profits, and local governments, detailed in the program scope and in letters of support.
  • Complete and concise responses in every section of the application.

Also consider:

  • Complete the ICQ section of the GATA pre-registration within 3 weeks prior to the submittal of your NOFO application.
  • Submit your Letter of Intent and any questions to the agency that generated the NOFO as soon as possible.
  • Attending the NOFO conference call and review all posted webinars.
  • Federal Fiscal Year Victim Of Crime Act 2015 Lead Entity Services For Victims Of Sexual Assault Program
    Posted: April 27th 2017 | Deadline: May 22nd 2017
    ICJIA is the state agency charged with the administration of the Illinois’ Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. As part of the recommendations established by the Victim Services Ad Hoc Committee, the strengthening and expansion of core services for victims of crime was a priority. To fulfill this priority, ICJIA has made available $16.3 million in VOCA grant funding for core services and related support costs for victims of sexual assault. These funds will be made available to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Federal Fiscal Year Victim Of Crime Act 2015 Lead Entity Services For Children’s Advocacy Centers Program
    Posted: April 27th 2017 | Deadline: May 22nd 2017
    ICJIA is the state agency charged with the administration of the Illinois’ Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. As part of the recommendations established by the Victim Services Ad Hoc Committee the strengthening and expansion of core services for victims of crime was a priority. To fulfill this priority, ICJIA has made available $7.1 million in VOCA grant funding for core services and related support costs for minor victims of abuse services. These funds will be made available to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI).
  • Federal Fiscal Year Victim Of Crime Act 2015 Lead Entity Services For Victims Of Domestic Violence Program
    Posted: April 27th 2017 | Deadline: May 22nd 2017
    ICJIA is the state agency charged with the administration of the Illinois’ Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. As part of the recommendations established by the Victim Services Ad Hoc Committee, the strengthening and expansion of core services for victims of crime was identified as a priority. To fulfill this priority, ICJIA has made available $17.3 million in VOCA grant funding for core services and related support costs for victims of domestic violence. These funds will be made available to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • FY14-17 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program Residential Substance Abuse Treatment and Aftercare
    Posted: April 15th 2017 | Deadline: June 13th 2017
    The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting proposals for grants supporting residential substance abuse treatment and aftercare services. Grants will be made with federal fiscal year 2014-17 (FFY14-17) Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) funds. Approximately $315,000 in funding is available in three program categories for use over a period of 12 months.
  • JAG Comprehensive Law Enforcement Response to Drugs
    Posted: March 31st 2017 | Deadline: May 30th 2017
    The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting proposals for grants supporting a comprehensive law enforcement response to drugs. Grants will be made with Federal Fiscal Year 2013-16 (FFY13-16) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds. A total of $4.2 million in funding in three program categories is available through this solicitation for use over a period of 12 months. Minimum and maximum grant requests vary by the program category.