Restore Aurora Business Relief Fund
Invest Aurora, the City of Aurora’s non-profit economic development office, along with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce have established the Restore Aurora Business Relief Program to aid Aurora businesses as they rebuild following the civil unrest that occurred in the region on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1, 2020.
Restore Aurora will provide grants to adversely affected businesses recovering from physical damages to their location(s) with the intention to offset rebuilding costs not covered by their insurance policies. Businesses in both the City of Aurora and the Village of North Aurora are eligible to apply.
Online Application Portal
To be eligible for a grant, a business must:
- Be located within the City of Aurora, Village of North Aurora or an unincorporated area of Aurora
- Not be a part of a national chain; individual franchisees are eligible
- Have suffered property damage and/or theft directly caused by the civil unrest which occurred May 31 and June 1
- Have submitted a police report and/or filed an insurance claim
Fundraising will be administered through the Invest Aurora Fund at the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (CFFRV). Community members and other businesses are encouraged to make donations to the fund through at cffrv.gives/InvestAurora. The first $5,000 raised will be matched by Invest Aurora. Other companies wishing to match community contributions, should contact Invest Aurora at email@example.com. All donations will be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.
“We’ve heard from many businesses and community members over the last week about the challenges they are facing,” said Bryan Gay, president/CEO of Invest Aurora. “Invest Aurora and the three Aurora-based Chambers of Commerce have been hard at work creating a platform to facilitate the community’s eagerness to come together.”
The emergency in the state of Illinois comes at a time when businesses throughout the region are already suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have local businesses had to deal with the challenges of closing and reopening, they are now dealing with physical damage. The Restore Aurora Business Relief Program will help aid the recovery process.