TANF Employment & Training Program - Work First Program
CSFA Number: 444-80-0698
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
DFCS
Agency Contact
Jataun Rollins
312-793-7839
Jataun.J.Rollins@illinois.gov
Short Description
"Work First Providers administer a ""pay after performance"" program designed for clients who receive TANF benefits, and are exhibiting difficulty with obtaining employment. Clients assigned to Work First earn their assistance payment by participating in appropriately assigned activities. The award for this program is based on the cost of providing intensive services as shown in the approved line item budget. A portion of the award is to be earned as a bonus for achieving unsubsidized employment for a specified number of placements.

The Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) staff will identify clients and make referrals to Providers in a manner which assures that clients are referred according to the Provider's program and the individual needs of the client.
Work First Providers are required to assess the client's employability level and assign the client to countable work and training activities with hours that are consistent under Federal guidelines. Participation in appropriate activities and required hours starts with the first day of the client's engagement with the Provider.

Customers assigned to Work First earn their grant by participating in customized activities. Those activities include:
• Work Experience,
• Community Service,
• Unsubsidized Employment,
• Subsidized Employment,
• Approved Vocational Education Training,
• Job Search and Job Readiness Activities,
• Job Skills Training and
• Education Directly Related to Employment.

The customer will continue to participate in the above activities until unsubsidized employment is obtained, or until it is determined that participation is no longer an appropriate activity for the client.


Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $6,311,961
FY 2018 : $6,356,285
FY 2019 : $4,501,197
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-444-80-0698-01$87000 - $63244003/24/2017 - 05/07/2017 : 12:00 pm
Details18-444-80-0698-02$80000 - $17072006/22/2017 - 06/28/2017 : 12:00 am
Details19-444-80-0698-01$87000 - $63240002/22/2018 - 03/23/2018 : 12:00 pm
Details20-444-80-0698-01$74000 - $34210804/05/2019 - 05/05/2019 : 12:00pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYG00122-FCSYG00122ASIAN HUMAN SERVICES INC07/01/201906/30/2020563,534
FCSYG00145-FCSYG00145PHALANX FAMILY SERVICES07/01/201906/30/2020380,167
FCSYG05298-FCSYG05298PYRAMID PARTNERSHIP INC07/01/201906/30/2020342,584
FCSYG03528-FCSYG03528SERCO, INC07/01/201906/30/2020327,787
FCSYG00125-FCSYG00125CHICAGO AREA PROJECT07/01/201906/30/2020291,517