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Neighborhood Grants

From building strong neighborhood connections to tackling neighborhood issues, the city of Aurora believes in the power of close-knit communities. This is why the city offers funding opportunities to residents and neighborhood groups. 

Neighborhood Improvement Grant

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The Neighborhood Improvement Grant is designed to improve the appearance of Aurora neighborhoods while strengthening the social fabric and organizational networks of the community. 

The city allocated $60,000 for grants for 2023, with a maximum of $5,000 per awarded project. The competitive grants promote projects that improve a neighborhood’s physical condition, enhance pride and identity, increase neighborhood communication, and bring new assets to the neighborhood that foster gathering and positive experiences. Examples of projects include clean-up events, community message boards, community benches, and little free libraries. Please note that little free libraries are not affiliated with any Aurora Public Library programs. 

Neighborhood organizations and residents (where a neighborhood organization may not exist) are encouraged to apply. This grant can be used in conjunction with city neighborhood mini-grants listed below.  

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Interested applicants are highly encouraged to schedule a meeting with a city community engagement coordinator by March 24 to discuss project. Applicants who meet with a coordinator often have better and more complete applications for consideration. Coordinators will provide applicants with mandatory referrals to other city departments for things like a revocable license, traffic management plans, or permission to do anything on city property or in a right of way. To schedule a meeting, email [email protected]

Program Materials 


The 2023 program application is now closed. 

Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program Grantees: 

Neighborhood Mini-Grants

Each mini-grant supports neighborhood activities and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents can apply to more than one grant and are encouraged to apply at least two weeks before their event. The grants do not fund religious, political or personal/private parties and events must follow all applicable COVID-related guidelines.

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