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Aurora Downtown Offers Grants to Support Small Business

Aurora Downtown’s Business Attraction and Retention (BAR) Committee is excited to offer a variety of grants established to help support businesses, property owners, and initiatives taking place in the downtown special service area (SSA One). 

Aurora Downtown’s BAR Committee will provide two types of grants in areas that assist small businesses and contribute to the growth of downtown.

The downtown organization will offer grants for marketing, programs, and events that provide a new attraction for the area as well as improvement grants that enhance downtown. 

“During a time when businesses are looking to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, and some businesses are looking to expand, we are excited we are able to provide our grant program to assist our downtown businesses,” said Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and BAR chair.

Businesses can apply for either up to $2,500 to support a marketing, event, or program initiative, or for up to $5,000 to support permanent improvements on the exterior or interior of a space including signage. Only one grant application per grant cycle will be considered.

Marketing, event, and program initiatives could include a new website, an event, marketing collateral, an exhibit, a program series, or to help support a specific community event. 

Support will be considered for projects that improve the state of the building and may not be for repairs or preventative maintenance. 

"It'll be great to get businesses thinking about what they can do to creatively build and add value to their business," said Marissa Amoni, manager of Aurora Downtown.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 1. Applications and a map of SSA One are available at

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Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit group of business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #One dedicated to a healthy and thriving downtown for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at