Aurora businesses can get grant for fixing up facades

Press release from City of Aurora

Aurora, Indiana

After another successful 2020 Façade Improvement Matching Grant (FIMG) program the City of Aurora is pleased to continue the program in 2021.

In 2016, the City created the Downtown Strategic Revitalization Project and the FIMG program to stimulate reinvestment and to polish the appearance of the historic downtown. In 2020, after 3 years of success and noticeable investment downtown, the City expanded the program to include and encourage investment in the residential, Westside Neighborhood. Last year the City leveraged $50,000.00 to spur $131,469.90 worth of investment in the Downtown and Westside Neighborhood.

With last year’s success, the 2021 FIMG Program will still include exterior preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of real properties as eligible projects but will be expanded to include structural repairs that are needed to save a structure. The program will also be expanded to include all properties within the Aurora City limits.
A Q & A session will be held next Thursday, January 14th from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM to answer any questions you may have on the program. You may attend the session in person at the Aurora City Hall Council Chambers or by calling into the City’s conference phone line.

The Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program is administered and awarded by the City of Aurora. Projects are eligible for grants up to $5,000 and require a matching dollar- for- dollar expenditure. You can find a draft of the program details and requirements on the City’s home page, aurora.in.us.

The official application will be available on Monday, January 18th, applications will be accepted at the Aurora Clerk Treasurer’s Office until Friday, April 2nd at 4:00 PM. The design review committee will meet to review applications at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:00 PM and make award recommendations to Aurora City Council on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 PM. Call Derek Walker, the Aurora City Manager with questions 812-926-1777 ext. 6.