Forman, Jamestown and West Fargo are each recipients of a 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant. A total of nearly $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
A total of 1,661 applications, including 27 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year.
North Dakota communities receiving grants this year are:
“AARP has resources to help communities across North Dakota become better places for people of all ages,” said AARP North Dakota State Director Josh Askvig. “Our work to make communities more livable provides the framework and the tools for North Dakota communities of all sizes to be great places for all families. Providing these grants will hopefully spur further long-term improvements to enhance North Dakota’s preparedness for an aging population.”
Each of the projects is designed to achieve on one or more of the following outcomes:
The full list of grantees can be found at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.
“AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local 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,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Community, State and National Affairs. “This year, we are proud to fund more projects in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”
The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. As part of this, AARP staff and volunteers are working across the country, engaging and mobilizing residents, delivering technical assistance and expertise to local leaders and organizations, and supporting the work of the 381 communities and four states that have enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
This story is provided by AARP North Dakota. Visit the AARP North Dakota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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