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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.

2024 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program

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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 funds for grants for 2024, 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, or community gardens.

Neighborhood organizations and residents (where a neighborhood organization may not exist) are encouraged to apply.

This grant can be used in conjunction with any of the mini-grants listed below. 


Eligible projects must be within Aurora city limits, provide an identifiable benefit to the neighborhood, have a specific timeline, and involve at least three neighborhood households.  

Pre-application Meeting 

Residents interested in applying must attend one of three virtual pre-application meetings to learn more about the funding opportunity and application process.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 6 p.m. | Join WebEx meeting | Meeting Number: 2499 957 2412 | Password: Grants!

  • Thursday, Feb. 1 | Noon  Join WebEx meeting| Meeting Number: 2480 721 9558 | Password: Grants!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. |  Join WebEx meeting | Meeting Number: 2484 733 5497 | Password: Grants!

Ready to apply? 

Before applying, residents are required to schedule a meeting with a city community engagement coordinator by emailing [email protected] to discuss the project and, if needed, necessary city permits.

The program application will be available starting Wednesday, Jan. 24 on this webpage; the application deadline is Friday, April 19. All projects selected to receive grant funding must be completed by Oct. 31. 


Check out this Aurora TV story on one of the 2023 grantees:

Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program Grantees: 

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program

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. Application for these grants are open until funding is depleted. 

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