Supporting and Investing in Wisconsin Communities

Posted on 09/01/20

In 2017, AARP created the Community Challenge Grant to help fund projects that further the mission of the Livable Communities initiative. Tasked with creating and sustaining communities that are accessible for people of all ages, this initiative is an important part of AARP’s commitment to enabling all people to choose how they live as they age. This year, AARP reviewed more than 2,800 applications from nonprofits and government entities.

On August 20th, 184 awardees were announced, distributing $2.4 million to support projects with goals of creating vibrant public spaces for people of all ages to gather, increasing the ease and usability of local transportation options, providing affordable and accessible housing opportunities, inspiring civic engagement, and supporting Coronavirus response and recovery services. Four Wisconsin organizations were awarded Community Challenge Grants, earning over $78,000 for their projects in Spooner, Milwaukee, and Cuba City.

Join Thursdays With AARP Wisconsin on Thursday September 3, at 12:00pm CT for a conversation with Bob Jones from the City of Cuba City and Jonathan Browne and Joseph Kaltenberg from the City of Milwaukee to learn more about two of these projects. Bob Jones, City of Cuba City Economic Development Director, will be discussing the city’s project that will create an intergenerational gathering place by working with community partners like the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Representing MKE Parks, Jonathan Browne, Assistant Program Coordinator, and Joseph Kaltenberg, Program Coordinator, will share the City of Milwaukee’s plan to reconstruct a neighborhood park to create an accessible space where people of all ages can gather and socialize. 

If you’re wondering how and when to apply for future Community Challenge Grants, you can sign up to receive news alerts from AARP Livable Communities. Even better, you can join the conversation on Thursday by sharing your comments and/or questions live via Facebook and YouTube, or you can send your questions before, during, or after the presentation to  

Visit the AARP Wisconsin website for more information and to register for a reminder of the event by clicking HERE.

To view the event visit:  
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AARP Wisconsin channel on YouTube

Please note that our virtual event will be hosted on and YouTube and any information you share on either platform, including without limitations, comments and posts, will be subject to the respective platform’s privacy policy and guidelines. 

This story is provided by AARP Wisconsin. Visit the AARP Wisconsin page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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