Neighborhood Festival Funding

City of Aurora Offers Up To $1,500 For 2021 Neighborhood Events

Aurora, Illinois - - As the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health continue to announce progress with Covid-19 restrictions, the City of Aurora has opened the annual grant program for local events. 

Neighborhood and community groups planning a public event in 2021 may apply for a Neighborhood Festival Funding Grant. Funds can also be used for events that require a special event permit from the City.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available to assist groups hosting public events designed to educate, benefit, organize or connect Aurora residents. Funds can pay for necessary support services such as table and chair rental, sound systems, stages, tents, or other expenses. 

All events must occur between June 1 and December 31, 2021 and must comply with COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the event. 

Funds are limited, and organizations are encouraged to apply immediately. 

Events that have received funding in the past include the LaSalle Street Car Show, Roots Aurora, Juneteenth, and Dia De Los Muertos. 

To request an application, contact the Community Services Department at 630-256-3400 or email [email protected]..

Neighborhood Festival Funds also are available to support events that require a Special Event Permit from the City. The City's Special Events Division issues permits to groups who either hold events on City property or produce events that require City services such as having members from the Police or Fire departments present.

City Special Event Permits are being accepted for events held after June 1, 2021. Special Event Permit Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to any event date. 

Information on Special Events and the Special Event Permit Applications can be found on the City website, https://www.aurora-il.org/1260/Permits-Applications. The Special Events Division may be contacted at (630) 256-3370 or by email at [email protected].

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