Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

Facade Improvement Matching Grant

Program Details

January 18th - April 2nd, 4pm.

After another successful 2020 Façade Improvement Matching Grant (FIMG) program the City is now accepting applications for the 2021 FIMG Program until April 2nd at 4:00 PM.

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. Program details and applications can be found below.

The official application 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.