Historic Preservation Grant Program

The City of Aurora is proud to announce that applications are being sought for a new Historic Preservation Grant Program. The application deadline for the Spring 2019 cycle is Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Applications can be submitted to the following: emailed to [email protected]; mailed to City of Aurora, Zoning and Planning, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507; or delivered to Zoning and Planning, 77 S. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505.

The primary objective of the City of Aurora’s Preservation Commission is the conservation and revitalization of the City’s historic neighborhoods. Key to this effort is the preservation of the City’s unique heritage as exemplified through historic and architecturally significant residential structures. The City of Aurora has set aside funding in order to help property owners achieve these objectives.

The Preservation Grant Program is a reimbursable grant for exterior historic rehabilitation projects. The minimum amount of each grant is $5,000 and the maximum is $20,000. All grants at or under $10,000 requires no cash match. All grants over $10,000 require a dollar for dollar amount for every dollar over $10,000. 


  • Designated as historic within the City of Aurora
  • Owner-occupied
  • Not more than two (2) living units unless originally built with more
  • Proof of ownership
  • Exterior work only
  • The following work is ineligible: driveway repavement, new asphalt roofs, fencing, and landscaping
  • Detailed narrative of scope 
  • Two cost estimates
  • Historic Certificate of Appropriateness (HCOA)
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements found on the Historic Preservation Grant Guidelines


Historic Preservation Grant Guidelines

Historic Preservation Grant Application

Historic Preservation Grant Compliance Checklist

HCOA Detailed Budget

Contractors Sworn Statement

Preservation Grant Reimbursement Request