FY17 Illinois State Budget

On June 30, 2016 the Illinois legislature passed a six-month stopgap budget that funds government operations, human services and higher education through the end of this calendar year, and K-12 education for the entire fiscal year. The spending measure includes appropriations for the human services sector at 65% of what is projected to be owed by the state from July 2015 through January 2017 and funding for the Teen REACH afterschool program.

Applications for Teen REACH funding were due to DHS on October 11, 2016. DHS anticipates that funding notices will go out prior to October 31,2016. Despite the stopgap deadline of December 31, 2016, DHS has indicated that they will provide full payment to programs through June 30, 2017

The FAQ for the Teen REACH Notice of Funding Opportunity states, “The stopgap funds eligible Teen [REACH] services through June 30, 2017.  Therefore, Grantees should expect DHS to issue payment to cover reported expenditures (November 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 and Pre-award costs may be authorized back to Jul 1, 2016 per the NOFO guidance).”  Programs should expect advance payment for services, possibly receiving full payment in December for the grant period with continued program monitoring from DHS.  This more recent language in the FAQ updates is a departure from the previous language, which stated that funding was subject to appropriation. Click here for the full FAQ.

ACT Now is incredibly excited that program will receive eight months of funding and thanks all the providers that participated in tireless advocacy on this subject.  However, after June 30, 2017, Teen REACH may be in jeopardy once again if it is not included in the budget.  It is important the programs continue to send messages to legislators and administration about the importance of this program. 

If you have any questions, please contact ACT Now’s Network Lead Susan Stanton at sstanton@voices4kids.org or 312-877-0725.