In an effort to help fund and promote neighborhood festivals and special events, the City of Aurora would like to remind local groups that the deadline for festival funding applications is approaching.
Applications for funding for all festivals that are scheduled to take place between July 1 and December 31, 2015 are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, to the Community Services Department, 51 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora's Neighborhood Festival Funds supports celebrations that promote culture or foster community spirit. In addition to applying for funding assistance from the City's Neighborhood Festival Fund, organizations can request funding from the Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board, the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and the Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board. Organizations can submit one application for consideration from all four funding sources.
Joint Festival Funding applications and guidelines are available at the City's Community Services Department, 51 E. Galena Blvd.; by calling 630-256-3400; or visiting the City's website at www.aurora-il.org, clicking the "Special Events" tab on the left and selecting "Permits and Applications."
The City supports celebrations of the local community and culture by providing festival and special event funding to non-profit, neighborhood and community groups. Each year, groups hold dozens of celebrations, including events like National Night Out and the Juneteenth Celebration, throughout the City to celebrate Aurora's unique heritage, diversity and character.
The City's Neighborhood Festival Funding program budget is limited to $15,000 and typical grants range from $300 to $1,500. The City's three cultural advisory boards provide additional resources for funding events. Twenty events qualified for financial assistance in 2014.
For additional information, contact Dan Barreiro, Chief Community Services Officer, at 630-256-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org