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Aurora program will give residents money for block parties, neighborhood events

The Aurora Housing and Community Services Department announced Tuesday the launch of a new neighborhood grant program for its residents.

AURORA, Colo. — With the arrival of a pandemic last year and very limited social gatherings, block parties seemed like a thing of the past. This summer however, life is starting to feel a little more normal and the return of block parties in the neighborhood could become a reality for some residents in Aurora. 

In an effort to support neighborhood activities that promote sustainable neighborhood groups and the creation of strong neighborhood connections, the Aurora Housing and Community Services Department announced on Tuesday the launch of a neighborhood grant program that will consist of three mini-grant opportunities for its residents. 

“The city is hopeful that these grants will help facilitate a greater sense of community in our neighborhoods,” said Jessica Prosser, director of housing and community services. “Neighborhood gatherings are a positive and powerful way for people to connect and to build stronger, healthier and more cohesive communities.”

The mini-grants, inspired by input from residents, neighborhood groups and homeowner associations, are listed below. 

  • The Know Your Neighbor Mini-Grant provides a $100 gift card toward a small neighborhood block party or cleanup event, giving resources to support connections and bring neighbors together. This grant is available until funds are depleted.
  •  The Printing Assistance Mini-Grant covers the cost of flyers and posters to help promote a neighborhood event. This grant is available until funds are depleted. 
  • The Small Neighborhood Activity Mini-Grant offers up to $250 to develop more sustainable neighborhood groups and organize a larger-scale neighborhood event(s). The deadline to apply for this grant is Sept. 15. 

Each mini grant supports neighborhood activities and is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Residents may apply for more than one grant and should apply at least three weeks before their event by visiting AuroraGov.org/mini-grants.

In addition to these grants, those planning a neighborhood gathering involving a street closure must apply for a block party permit at AuroraGov.org/BlockParty. Barricades are provided for the event at no cost to the resident on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure parties can be held safely. 

Residents may contact their neighborhood liaison with questions about the grants or block party permits by searching for their designated neighborhood liaison at AuroraGov.org/PropertyInfo.

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