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Prequalification Requirement

Please be advised that the grantee prequalification registration portal is now active and may be accessed directly on the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act website. All grantees must complete the registration process and be qualified to do business with the state of Illinois.

To be qualified for a ​grant award, an entity must

  1. have a current DUNS number, (click here to view instructions on obtaining a DUNS number);
  2. have a current SAM CAGE Code, (click here to view instructions on obtaining a SAM Cage CodePDF Document);
  3. not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List, (click here to verify utilizing the Quick Search); and
  4. be in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (if applicable) (click here to verify your standing).

Grantees will receive an automated email once initial registration is submitted. All ISBE grantees will have their registrations reviewed and approved by ISBE staff. Grantees will be notified of any deficiencies that can be remediated. Remediation cannot be obtained if the grantee appears on the Federal Excluded Parties List. Once the grantee registration is approved by ISBE, a separate email will be sent that indicates that the GATA registration process is complete and that the organization is in good standing. Grantee registration is completed one time and is good for one year. 

The requirements for prequalification include the possession of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code, a System for Award Management (SAM) user account, and a Dun & Bradstreet data universal number system (DUNS) number in order to receive federal funding.  If you are uncertain if your district has active numbers, please contact your business office to ensure compliance. You may also register for these numbers at the following websites:

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