City of Aurora opens grants to support neighborhood projects

DAWN | Grants of up to $5,000 for neighborhood cleanups, community signage, food pantries and other projects will soon be available through a City of Aurora program that opens Jan. 26.

First approved in 2015, the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program aims to help “improve neighborhood fitness, build pride and identity, increase neighborhood communication and to bring new assets to the neighborhood that promote gathering and positive experiences,” according to a press release. Release.

Projects must also be within city limits, provide “an identifiable benefit to the neighborhood”, have a defined timeline and involve at least three households.

This year, $60,000 from the City’s general fund was allocated to grants, offered to individuals and community groups.

Those interested in applying will first be invited to attend one of three virtual meetings to be held on January 26 at 6 p.m., February 2 at noon and February 3 at 6 p.m.

Links for the meetings will be posted online at AuroraGov.org/NeighborhoodGrants. Applicants should also meet with their city’s community engagement coordinator before applying by 5 p.m. on April 22.

Residents can find their Community Engagement Coordinator by visiting AuroraGov.org/PropertyInfo and searching for their address. All projects must be completed by October 31.

Applications for mini-grants to fund neighborhood activities such as block parties, cleanups, festivals, and tournaments, as well as the printing of promotional posters and flyers are also open now and available at AuroraGov.org /NeighborhoodGrants.

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