Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program
The city of Aurora's Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program started in 2015 and offers up to $60,000 a year to fund neighborhood-initiated beautification efforts that do four things:
- Improve the physical condition of a neighborhood
- Enhance neighborhood pride and identity
- Promote self-reliance
- Increase communication among neighbors
Managed by the city's neighborhood liaisons, the grant program provides up to $10,000 per council ward (and up to $5,000 per project). Funding must be spent during the award year. Twelve neighborhood projects were awarded funding in 2015, and 21 were awarded funding in 2016.
2017 grant timeline:
- Jan. 31 - Required pre-application meeting (view the presentation or view the agenda)
- Feb. 28 - Deadline to meet with a neighborhood liaison to discuss project
- March 31 - Applications due (download an application in either Word or PDF format, as well as a Volunteer Commitment Form in either Word or PDF)
- May 1 - Winners selected and funding available
- Oct. 31 - Projects must be completed
Aurora Neighborhood Beautification Grant 2017 Meeting Presentation
Application Process (click for details)
The project must meet the following requirements to be eligible for funds:
- Located on property within Aurora city limits
- Cannot be for individual private residential property, but can be on city right of way
- Provide an identifiable benefit or positive impact to the neighborhood, such as a new, ongoing or phased beautification project that brings neighbors together
- Have a specific timeline, clearly defined steps and outcomes, and a breakdown of costs; applications that contain project parameters and associated funding requests that demonstrate a well-researched proposal and high-visibility project - including substantial volunteer labor - will be given top priority
- Include the active involvement of at least three households in the neighborhood, who must sign up as project coordinators
- Not intended for political or religious organizations, and cannot be political or religious in nature, including but not limited to the support of a proposed initiative, ballot measure or candidate
- Any landscape project involving living plant material requires irrigation
Need Some Ideas?
Some examples of projects that might be eligible for funding include:
- Neighborhood identification signage
- Neighborhood and alley cleanup and maintenance
- Trash and debris pickup along fence lines, major thoroughfares and common areas
- Volunteer projects that adopt a street or bus stop and help maintain it as a cleaner and more environmentally pleasant place
Application and Selection Process
- Download an application in either Word or PDF format, as well as a Volunteer Commitment Form in either Word or PDF.
- Think about potential projects.
- Attend the pre-application meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Aurora Municipal Center to learn more about the application process and talk with various city departments about potential project considerations, such as permits, lane closures and any associated fees. (RSVP to 303.739.7280) (view the presentation or view the agenda)
- Meet with a city of Aurora neighborhood liaison BEFORE Feb. 28 to review project guidelines and ideas.
- Submit your application and Volunteer Commitment Form by March 31, 2017 (must be received by this date) to the Neighborhood Services Department at the Aurora Municipal Center, Attn: Neighborhood Services, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012.
- A selection committee of Neighborhood Services staff will review and select applications by May 1. Depending on the nature of the application, a meeting with Neighborhood Services may be necessary to resolve questions.
- If the amount of money requested in a single ward exceeds $10,000 for all applications submitted, the best qualified applicants will be selected from the entire pool of submissions for that ward.
- The selection committee has the right to decline an application that does not meet the stated intent and criteria of the program, which is a competitive process.
- Once funds are approved, the project must be executed before Oct. 31, 2017. Funding must be spent during the award year and is available only as reimbursement for expenses or as payment directly to vendors. The city’s neighborhood liaisons will work with approved groups throughout the project.
- Be sure to take before and after photos of the project area to turn in with receipts of expenses in your final report.
- This grant opportunity is a once-annual opportunity. However, if funds remain after the initial applications are received/selected, neighborhood groups and interested individuals will be notified and encouraged to apply for remaining 2017 funds.
Questions? Contact 303.739.7280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.