Receiving competitive grants allows The Partnership to fund job training programs beyond the traditional Workforce Investment Act. As a 501(c)(3) The Partnership can receive charitable contributions. The organization typically pursues funding in several key areas, including:

  • Competitive workforce atraining grants from federal agencies like the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Competitive workforce training grants from state agencies such as the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
  • Corporate sponsorship;
  • Corporate, local government and other community sponsorship of Youth training programs.

Grants Received

Wal-Mart Foundation Grant - 2016
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (the Partnership) is a recipient of a $10.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.  With the support of the Walmart Foundation, the Partnership will have a sector center that includes retail and customer service-training.  We will offer a suite of services to our regional retail employers, jobseekers, and incumbent workers, across career pathways in the retail sector.  The Partnership will select grantees through convening a nation-wide collaborative of workforce development boards to boost opportunities for career advancement in the retail sector and build public awareness of these opportunities.  Once grantees are selected, through a competitive request for proposal bidding process, these entities will provide services to jobseekers, businesses, and partner organizations in their markets, while collaborating on a national effort to improve the perceptional of retail careers. Visit the program page here

AARP Foundation BACK TO WORK 50+
The BACK TO WORK 50+ program is a collaborative effort between the AARP Foundation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership designed to assist mature job seekers between the ages of 50-65. Visit the program page here.

Workforce Innovation Fund
In July 2012, The Partnership received a 3-year, $3 million grant to develop, test and evaluate a new workforce data system, Integrated Workforce Information System (IWIS), designed to empower data-informed decision-making and to improve services for both job seekers and employers. The IWIS will provide an interface for sharing data across federally-funded programs administered through various state agencies and reduce duplicative data entry and administrative costs. IWIS will allow providers and funders to see a more comprehensive picture of workforce development services and evaluate the return on investment. The data will be used to track earnings gains and self-sufficiency, as well as to improve evaluation of job- seeker skills and career path requirements for better engagement of regional employers. The system-wide adoption of IWIS will ensure greater data collection and analysis that will be used inform local practices.

Youth Workforce Hospital/High School Initiative
An initiative of the Michael Reese Health Trust, the Youth Workforce Hospital/High School program is a collaborative pilot project tasked with creating a sustainable and replicable model for effectively linking Chicago Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education students with employer provided work-based learning opportunities that align fully with the Health Sciences student development curriculum. Hospitals agree to host interns, provide job shadowing, and implement service learning projects. Personal mentors guide students through certification testing and post-secondary planning.

State Energy Sector Partnership
This U.S. Department of Labor multi-year grant was used for training, certification and job placement in a variety of energy-related occupations/fields, including: gas utility, masonry, carpentry, building analyst and energy auditor. Partner agencies included: the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Chicago Women In Trades, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEAA), the Utility Workers Union (UWUA), and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program (CHICAP).

Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership
In July 2011, the CGMP received a 3-year, $850,000 US Department of Labor Green Jobs Innovation Fund award to implement a green manufacturing job training initiative. Courses are offered at Richard J. Daley College, Prairie State College and South Suburban College and result in the attainment of industry-recognized credentials. Partners include OAI Inc. and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association as well as roughly 40 manufacturers, which provide input oncurriculum, serve as external reviewers for credentialing, and interview and hire students. The Partnership oversees the CNC training program and facilitates partner and service coordination. We also supplement grant funding by subsidizing training for qualified students.

Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)
In conjunction with the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, The Partnership’s HPOG program supports the development, implementation, and/or expansion of healthcare Bridge Programs in Cook County and throughout the metropolitan region. The goal is to advance Bridge Programs as a model for providing low income, low skilled individuals with career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Training provided includes: Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and Pharmacy Technician. To date 476 participants have been trained or are currently enrolled in training while 172 are employed.