AARP Community Challenge Grant Recipients Announced
NEC member AARP has announced 159 winners of their 2019 Community Challenge Grant program. AARP began this “quick action project” program in 2016.
AARP received over 1,700 applications from non-profits and government entities from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization will distribute nearly $1.6 million to the 159 recipients’ projects designed to help “communities make immediate improvements while jumpstarting long-term progress to support residents of all ages.” AARP stated that all selected projects will provide their community with a range of mobility options, vibrant public spaces, tangible aspects of “Smart Cities,” and access to a range of housing. All recipients have been given the completion deadline of November 4, 2019.
“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,” stated Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer. “This year, we are proud to fund even more projects across the nation.”
The Council applauds AARP’s initiative to improve communities for residents of all ages.