The Kankakee American Rescue Plan (KARP) Public Service Program funds physical improvement, economic development, housing, and public service activities through the City of Kankakee’s Economic and Community Development Agency. As an entitlement city, the Kankakee Economic and Community Development Agency distributes funds to local communities through a competitive grant application process. The application process begins with the completion of the application. Applications are then reviewed by Community Development staff for project and applicant eligibility. The Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) provides a funding recommendation to the City of Kankakee Council for final approval. Funding available for 2022-2023 grant year is $750,000.00; however, this amount may be decreased or increased depending upon the level of funding the agency receives from future American Rescue Plan allocations decided by City Council over the next two years. If a proposal is submitted for a project requiring services by more than one agency working collaboratively, a lead agency must be identified as the Primary Sub-recipient.
To receive more information about this program, please call 815-933-0506. Applications can be picked up at the ECDA office during our office hours. The ECDA office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 4pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 7pm.