For the fifth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 3,500 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. The projects need to be completed by November 10, 2021. Nearly $3.2 million is being distributed to fund 244 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. . Grants will help improve public spaces, transportation, housing and civic engagement with an emphasis on the needs of people 50 or older. Many of this year’s grants support revitalizing communities adversely impacted by the pandemic and include a focus on diversity, inclusion and disparities.
The winning 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 community amenities.
- Ensure a focus on Diversity and Inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community
- Deliver a range of Transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
- Support local recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic with an emphasis on economic development, improvements to public spaces and transportation services
- Encourage the development of a range of Housing options to increase the availability of accessible and affordable choices
AARP Community Challenge grants will be funded in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Three Rhode Island-based entities were selected as grantees.
- Central Falls: Progreso Latino, Inc.
A pavilion will be constructed and accessible picnic tables installed to create a space for community gatherings and activities.
- Providence: Providence Community Library
A library lawn will become the location of a staffed, resource-rich park featuring books, games, activities and technology services.
- Providence: Southside Community Land Trust
Area youth will build accessible garden beds and help older adults in low-income neighborhoods grow and harvest fresh produce.
The full list of AARP Community Challenge grantees can be accessed here