AARP Connecticut has selected five awardees for its third Livable Communities Grant Program dedicated to fund quick-action projects in Connecticut communities that will help make immediate improvements or jumpstart long-term progress that will support residents. AARP Connecticut funded seven projects in 2019 and four in 2018, the first year of the program.
AARP Connecticut launched the Livable Communities Grant Program, a local expansion of the national AARP Community Challenge initiative, to provide nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut with up to $4,000 for projects that aim to help neighborhoods, towns and cities become great places for people of all ages. The program is open to incorporated organizations that are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profits and Connecticut government entities. The 2020 grantees are:
“Communities throughout Connecticut are doing great work to make sure that people of all ages are included, engaged, and valued,” said Nora Duncan, State Director of AARP Connecticut. “2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, but we were encouraged to receive a record number of applications for the Livable Communities Grant Program and learn more about the creative work that nonprofits and municipalities are doing in every corner of the state.”
Projects can range from small, short-term activities to larger, permanent solutions, but they must be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant. Grant requests were evaluated for projects with a focus on enhancement in one or more of the following areas:
In August, AARP announced it will fund 184 projects across the country in 2020, including three in Connecticut, as part of its fourth annual AARP Community Challenge grant program. As part of the initiative, AARP awarded grants for 159 projects in 2019, including two in Connecticut; 129 in 2018 with three in Connecticut; and 88 in 2017, including one in Connecticut. Visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge to learn more about the program and awardees.
AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative also provides resources and publications to encourage local action such as the Roadmap to Livability and the AARP book-series Where We Live: Communities for All Ages. To learn more about AARP’s livable communities work in communities across the country please visit www.aarp.org/livable .
This story is provided by AARP Connecticut. Visit the AARP Connecticut page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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