Form Section 1

Application Guidelines 

Guidelines for applying to 2017 Joint Festival Funds can be found here.

Before completing this application, please read these guidelines carefully for important information on eligibility, judging criteria and the review and funding process. Failure to read and follow instructions contained in these guidelines may result in a declined application for funds.

Hold Harmless

This application will not be accepted until you have completed a Hold Harmless Agreement, included at the bottom of this application.

Application Deadlines

Applications, including this form, plus attached budgets and signed Hold Harmless Agreements must be submitted by: 

December 15, 2016 - For events and programs from Jan. 1 - June 30, 2017

March 1, 2017 - For events and programs from July 1 - Dec. 31, 2017


If you have a problem or question while completing this application, or would like a paper version of this application to submit by mail or in person, contact Jenette Sturges, Community Relations, at 630-256-3364, or City of Aurora Community Services, 51 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora. 

About the Event

About the Event Organizers

Event Funding

If sources of funding other than those from the City of Aurora will be used to fund this event, please list the source of funding and the amount expected from each source.

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Hold Harmless and Liability Waiver


The sponsoring organization listed on this application, for and in consideration of festival funding assistance from the City of Aurora, Community Services Department, the Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board, Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and the Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, Illinois, 60507, hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Aurora, Illinois, its agents, public officials, officers, employees and authorized volunteers, from and against any and all legal actions, claims, damages, losses, or expenses arising out of the permitted activity or any activity associated with the conduct of the applicant's operations, including but not limited to claims for personal or bodily injury, disease or death, or injury to or destruction of property, excluding claims caused by the willful commission or omission by the employees of the City of Aurora acting within the scope of their employment. Further the applicant agrees to indemnify the City of Aurora and any of its agent, public officers, officials, or employees and authorized volunteers for any attorney's fees and court costs incurred or to be incurred in defending any actions brought against them as a result of the applicant's use of public property as set forth in this application. 



The applicant agrees for itself and or its employees, agents, or volunteers associated or to be associated with the activity for which this application is being sought, to waive and relinquish all claims that may result in any manner against the City of Aurora, its agents, public officers, officials or employees and authorized volunteers from said applicant, except for acts caused by the willful and wanton misconduct by employees of the City of Aurora acting within the scope of their employment. 

By signing below, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the above Hold Harmless and Liability Waiver.