JKC to Provide 'Invest in Cook' and CDBG Grants Assistance

connecting to cook county 16x9Calumet City/Mokena, IL - John Kasperek Co., Inc. (JKC) is available to assist clients with the open application period for the Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) Invest in Cook grant program. Invest in Cook grants are designed to assist local governments and agency partners with furthering their transportation projects by covering a portion of the cost of planning and feasibility studies, engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction associated with transportation infrastructure improvements. This includes bridge improvements, freight projects, bicycle and pedestrian facility projects, traffic flow improvement projects, and improving transit accessibility.

Aside from local governments, eligible applicants include regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies as well as any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for transportation or recreational trails within Cook County. Private for-profit or nonprofit organizations can submit project proposals as a lead applicant, but they are required to partner with a public sponsor that meets the above criteria. Lead applicants are limited to one single project application.

Another grant JKC is assisting the Chicago Southland community with is the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). This grant program supports critical community development needs in income-eligible areas of suburban Cook. Some allowable projects include:

  • Infrastructure - Improvements including but not limited to construction or installation of streets, curbs, and water/sewer lines.
  • Public Facilities - Improvements including but not limited to recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds, and facilities for persons with special needs. Examples of eligible costs include energy efficiency improvements, and disabled accessibility improvements.
  • Demolition - Activities limited to demolition of vacant buildings including necessary removal of demolition debris.

Applicants are limited to one single project application. Funding request cap for Capital Improvement projects is $400,000. Non-profit agencies applying for capital improvement projects are capped at $200,000. 

The deadline for both grants is Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Scott, JKC Grant Research Specialist, for more information or with any questions at (708) 862-2262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Our Offices & Hours

    Our Offices & Hours

    John Kasperek Co., Inc.’s Corporate Office in Mokena is conveniently accessible from I-80 and Lagrange Road. JKC’s Calumet City Office is located near Torrence Avenue, I-80 and I-94. Our primary service area reaches throughout the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana region.

    Regular Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    JKC Offices will be closed on July 4-5, 2024, in obserance of Independence Day.

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    9980 190th Street, Unit A
    Mokena, IL 60448
    1471 Ring Road
    Calumet City, IL 60409
    (708) 862-2262
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    Managing Partner John Kasperek, Jr. has developed our team of professionals with an excellent working knowledge of the accounting principles and current standards to provide the highest level of excellence to our clients. Well known throughout Chicagoland area for his diverse expertise in all aspects of accounting, John has built a thriving company that serves the critical needs of the south suburban and northwest Indiana region.

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