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Tourism-Related Grants Available

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The Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced grant applications are being accepted for tourism-related activities in Kankakee County.

The Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (KCCVB) mission is to market and develop branded Kankakee County destination experiences to enhance community economic growth and quality of life. To achieve this mission, the KCCVB has unveil a newly structured Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) Grants Program for 2023.

The primary purposes of the KCCVB CTAP grants are to add vibrancy to communities in Kankakee County and to generate new economic impact through visitation by non-residents.

Additional purposes:

  • To expand the tourism products in Kankakee County
  • To expand existing or create new visitor experiences in Kankakee County to attract new visitors and extend the stay of current visitors
  • To provide co-op marketing assistance to support new signature events that will generate overnight visitation to Kankakee County
  • To generate overnight visitors and measurable hotel room nights in Kankakee County

CTAP grants description

CTAP grants are investments in tourism-related projects that will foster and stimulate increased visitation and visitor spending within Kankakee County. They are not intended to be a project’s primary source of funding, but rather an incentive to assist the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in bringing worthy projects and great ideas to fruition in a timely fashion.

Examples of desired projects include, but are not limited to, the development or expansion of visitor attractions and venues, hands on experiences and activities, high impact traveling exhibitions, public shows that are uniquely qualified to extend a visitor’s stay, and multi-day new signature events that are likely to generate overnight stays.

The KCCVB will offer two different grant programs through a competitive application process:

  • Kankakee County Product Enhancement Grant – Grant Amounts: $5,000 to $24,999
    • Required minimum applicant match – 25% cash
    • Matching funds must be secured before a grant is awarded
  • Kankakee County Major Investment Grant – Grant Amounts: $25,000 – $500,0000
    • Required minimum applicant match – 50% cash
    • Matching funds must be secured before a grant is awarded

CLICK HERE for more information on the CTAP grant.