The Rhode Island College Foundation was recently awarded a grant totaling $3,500 from the national AARP Community Challenge, which received more than 1,600 applications from nonprofits and government entities from across the country. The award directly supports the work of Age-Friendly Rhode Island, an interdisciplinary, multi-sector coalition committed to healthy aging, hosted at Rhode Island College.

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. This year AARP Community Challenge will distribute a total of $1.3 million to fund 129 projects across the country that help build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Grant recipients have until November 5, 2018 to complete their projects.

“We are thrilled the Rhode Island College Foundation has been recognized and we are confident the work the grant enables will improve the lives of many Rhode Islanders. The winning selection was among many outstanding and worthy submissions representing Livable Communities engagement and activities we honor and support,” stated AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell.

Age-Friendly Rhode Island will use this grant to educate community residents on how to install smartphone applications and use ride-sourcing services. The full list of award winners is available here.