General Overview

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 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.