ARPA Grant Programs – Safety and Security Grant – Apply May 16, 2022!

May 4th, 2022

Learn More: ARPA Grant Programs – City of Aurora (

Our contact at APD’s Community Relations, Joshua Nicholas, shared the ARPA page with the Havana BID. 

As soon as the application link is available, the Havana BID will send out emails and communications to the special district. 

Joshua Nicholas

Manager, Community Relations Section

Aurora Police Department

15001 E. Alameda Pkwy.

Aurora, CO  80012

Office: 303.739.7257

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ARPA Grant Programs

In response to the community’s feedback and with guidance from the Aurora City Council, the city of Aurora is allocating a portion of its federally allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward support of businesses, nonprofits and community groups in Aurora.

The $1.9 trillion ARPA economic stimulus bill signed into law March 2021 provided the city of Aurora with $65.4 million in one-time direct federal aid, with additional funding given for programs related to rental and housing assistance. The funding is intended to support economic and public health recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. To review a list of projects that will be funded through ARPA in Aurora, visit

This page will host information on ARPA-funded grant programs available to businesses, nonprofits and community groups, starting with the Aurora Safety and Security Grant Program.

Eligible businesses, nonprofits and community groups in Aurora may apply starting in mid-May for grant funding for safety and security upgrades. To be notified when the date for the program launch is announced, sign up for the This is Aurora weekly city newsletter.

The city of Aurora is making available $3 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for the Aurora Business and Nonprofit Safety and Security Upgrade Grant Program. Of this $3 million, the city will allocate $500,000 specifically to entities located along Colfax Avenue between Yosemite Street and Peoria Avenue and between 14th and 16th avenues.

Overall Eligibility

Grant funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, until June 30, 2023, or earlier if funds are exhausted.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:
• Must have a physical location in Aurora
• Must have no more than 500 employees or are a small business concern as defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act; sole proprietors are eligible
• Must be in good standing with the city of Aurora with respect to taxes, fees, or other financial obligations to the city
• Must be in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office (will need to upload certificate, if approved)
• Nonprofits must to provide proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status, dated within the last five years.
• Businesses must have a current Aurora business license.
• The following business categories are not eligible: home- and vehicle-based businesses, marijuana (medical and recreational), businesses offering adult services or products, multi-level marketing/pyramid, real estate investment firms, speculation-based businesses, businesses engaged in illegal activities, gambling and businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities.

Grant Eligible Purposes

Funds of up to $10,000 per eligible applicant—working through city-approved contractors—may be used to make physical changes related to lighting, alarms, cameras, windows, entrance doors and mirrors, allowing law enforcement to more efficiently and effectively respond to the rise in gun violence resulting from the pandemic.

All work will be conducted through city-approved contractors and funds will be paid directly by the city to the vendor upon completion of the work.

Application Process

Eligible applicants will go through a Safety and Security Design Review process with the Aurora Police Department to identify and approve upgrades.

The application link will be available on this page starting May 16, 2022.

More Information

If you have questions, we are here to help. Email [email protected] or call 720.892.0620.

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