AARP to Fund Nearly $1.6 Million in Community Projects Nationwide

AARP recently announced the largest group of AARP Community Challenge grantees to date – with plans to distribute $1.6 million among 159 grant winners across all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rice and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

AARP logo

“AARP’s teams on the ground across the country hear from mayors, local leaders and residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge grant program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer. “This year, we are proud to fund even more projects across the nation.”

Each of these “quick-action” projects, aimed at “helping communities make immediate improvements while jump-starting long-term progress” must be completed by November 4, 2019.

Community Challenge projects are designed to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” by engaging residents and policymakers in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life for all.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.

The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Liveable Communities initiative, with the goal of turning communities into great places for residents of all ages to live.

View the full list of grantees here:

Thank you to AARP for being a Governor’s Cabinet Reception sponsor and participating in our exhibitor’s hall at this year’s MACo Summer Conference.

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference: