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Neighborhood Festival Funding Grant

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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants of up to $2,500 to Illinois nonprofit community and neighborhood groups for events to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support applicants working to plan and host public events. Eligible events take place within the limits of the City of Aurora, are free, open to the public, and publicly advertised, and serve a broad number of people following COVID-19 guidelines.

Funding is made available to assist neighborhood and community groups staging special events and neighborhood festivals for the public in Aurora which are designed to educate, benefit, communicate, organize and/or connect Aurora residents to build a sense of community. 

Neighborhood Festival funds are can be used for necessary support services only, such as rental of staging or sound equipment, portable toilets, tents, tables and chairs, general liability insurance for the event, security or emergency personnel, or other similar “public” amenities. 

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166918

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Funding assistance is capped at $1,500 per event, or fifty percent (50%), whichever is less, of the total eligible event costs. Funding assistance for Parades is limited to $2,500.00.

Term of Contract:

Events must be held before December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhood and community groups planning a public event in 2022 may apply. All applicants are required to provide proof of not-for-profit status and be in good standing with the State of Illinois.

1. Neighborhood Festival Funding does not fund the following: block parties, annual fund raising events and/or events requiring paid ticket admission. These restrictions do not apply to events held at River Edge Park, or those events that have a window for free admission.
2. Event(s) applying for and receiving funding assistance may not discriminate based on gender, age, race, religion, ethnic background, economics or disability.
3. Events receiving fifty percent (50%) or more of their budget from City of Aurora or a City-managed fund (including Ward funds), grants or account lines are not eligible under this funding grant program.

Funds will not be provided or applied to the purchase, sale or promotion of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, nor the support services associated therewith.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process is currently open. The first review of applications will be on April 1 and thereafter on a rolling basis. No applications will be accepted after Oct. 1, 2022.

Allocations will be made on a first come first serve basis if funds are available.

Events tied to parades are limited to one application. Parades are subject to Special Events Office approval.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications and required supporting documents can be submitted via email to, hand-delivered/mailed to Aurora City Hall, Community Services Department, 44 East Downer Place, 4th floor, Aurora, IL 60505, or faxed to 630-256-3329.

Questions about the Aurora Festival Funding program may be directed to Dee Hakala, during regular business hours, at (630) 256-3400 or

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