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AARP Community Challenge Announces Grantees

AARP announced the awardees for its 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including two Rhode Island organizations.

This year, nearly $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the nation, emboldening the efforts of communities to build momentum for local change. Nearly 1,700 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November 4, is designed to achieve at least one of the following specific 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.

Two of the 159 recipients are Rhode Island based organizations:

Providence’s Amos House

One of the leading social service agencies in Rhode Island aims to direct their $5,000 grant towards enhancing access of fresh food in South Providence.

Pawtucket’s Division of Senior Services – Leon Mathieu Senior Center

Pawtucket’s leading resource for information and assistance with programs and benefits for older adults will proposition their $11,933 grant to create an outdoor activity center to encourage seniors and community members to socialize, exercise and enjoy nature.  Congratulations to Civic Engagement Group leader Mary Lou Moran!

The full list of grantees can be found at

The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages.

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