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Posted on: July 19, 2021

City of Aurora Community Partner Funding Opportunities

Annual Community Partner Funding

The City of Aurora provides funding opportunities to local community partner organizations through their annual budget making processes. Historically known as “Community Partners,” organizations receiving municipal funds do not operate within the formal structure of city government but may utilize support from the City to achieve their missions or fund special projects. Community Partner organizations generally have a strong presence within the community and provide vital services, products, or activities that serve to improve the community in a variety of ways. 

The City will be taking applications for funding for the 2022 Fiscal Year that begins January 1, 2022. If your not-for-profit organization would like to apply for funding, please contact the City of Aurora City Manager’s Office for an application for consideration.  See application link below

Organizations requesting funding have typically fall within the following three categories:

Recreational/Arts and Culture: These organizations exist to promote, sustain and develop recreational, cultural and leisure activities within the community. These organizations may also sponsor educational and community events or celebrations designed to encourage a diverse cultural and active lifestyle and promote a strong sense of community.
Example: Aurora Historical Society

Social Services: The primary objective of these organizations is to support or engage in activities designed to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and families within the community. These organizations provide a variety of services that primarily focus on basic human needs, access to programs and services designed to maintain human dignity, health and overall welfare of citizens.
Example: Aurora First Baptist Come and Dine Program, Aurora Smile Center

Civic Organizations/Quasi-Governmental: These organizations have been established within our community to: A) work for overall improvement, advancement and economic health through civic involvement, economic development initiatives and through fostering community spirit; or B) provide services, programs or other opportunities for the betterment of the community through other Quasi-Governmental Organizations that work collaboratively with the City of Aurora on shared goals, concerns and interests.
Examples: Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Main Street.

The City Council is instituting a new process for requesting funding from the City of Aurora for each budget year. If your organization plans on requesting funding from the City of Aurora for 2022, you will need to complete the attached application and return it to my office NO LATER THAN AUGUST 6, 2021.   The application is a fill-in PDF and should be easier to complete.

On page 3 of the application is a checklist of everything that needs to submitted for consideration.  

Please plan on attending the August 24th City Council meeting to provide a presentation to the City Council about your organization and FY 2022 funding request to the City Council.

Aurora City Council intends to make a preliminary funding decision in early September 2021. Final funding decisions will be announced upon adoption of the City’s FY 2022 annual budget. Adoption is planned to occur in November 2021. Award payments for successful applicants will be made after January 1, 2022.

Community Partner Funding Request FY2022

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