# Aurora small businesses
Aurora approves $65 million in ARPA grants
(Aurora, Colo.) The Aurora City Council approved Monday $65 million in American Rescue Plan Act grants. The city received $65 million from the federal government but agreed to add to the budget to award more grants.
Aurora may spend $4.5 million on business security program
(Aurora, Colo.) An Aurora program that offers small businesses grants for security upgrades may get a boost Monday. The City Council previously committed $3 million for the program. The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA. Councilmember Curtis Gardner proposed adding another $1.5 million to the program due to high demand. The extra $1.5 million would come from an ARPA reserves fund. The program will run through June 23, 2023, on a first-come, first-served basis or until the money is spent.