Communities across Louisiana are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages.

In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Louisiana.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities with the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open spaces, housing, and other innovative projects to improve the community and make Louisiana’s, cities, towns and rural areas better places to live for all Louisianans.

The Community Challenge is part of AARP’s work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

After a successful 2017, with 90 grantees, this initiative is now in its 2nd year, and it has increased its investment to over $1.3 million in the form of 129 grants.

Here in Louisiana, we are excited about the work that the Community Challenge Grants are supporting in 2018.

  • Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), a non-profit organization that coordinates urban, rural and regional planning efforts in Louisiana The grant will fund lighting, safe pedestrian crossings and programming for walking clubs to increase the safety and pedestrian activity near Longfellow Park in Baton Rouge.
  • The City of DeRidder will use the funds to improve walkability to multiple cultural, social and basic need facilities. The project will include creating ADA accessible sidewalks and easily identifiable crosswalks and signage.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge grant program both here in Louisiana as well as across the nation, visit us at aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. And to learn more about how AARP is working to make communities across Louisiana and across the U.S. more livable for all residents, visit aarp.org/livable.