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AARP Connecticut Accepting Applications for 2019 Livable Communities Grant Program to Fund Local Projects

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2019 AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Application
AARP Connecticut 2019 Livable RFP

AARP Connecticut will continue to expand on the national AARP Community Challenge with the second year of its local “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to funding “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative that aims to help neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for people of all ages.

“In support of our commitment to help people choose how they live as they age, we believe it is important to make sure communities have the resources and infrastructure they need to support people of all ages and abilities,” said Nora Duncan, State Director of AARP Connecticut. “The Livable Communities Grant Program helps nonprofits and local governments complete small projects that will improve public spaces, increase accessibility, create social connections, or otherwise enhance the community.”

The AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program is open to incorporated organizations that are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofits and Connecticut government entities who seek to make improvements in their neighborhood or community in Connecticut.

Grants can range from small, short-term activities to larger, permanent solutions, but the maximum amount of any single grant will be $2,500. All applications should be for a project of $2,500 or less. Grant funds cannot be used to supplement staff salaries or contribute to ongoing operating expenses.

AARP Connecticut will evaluate grant requests for projects that focus on any of the following areas:

  • Affordable and accessible housing options for residents 50+
  • Delivery of services to help residents 50+ age in the setting of their choice
  • Pedestrian and bike infrastructure (sidewalks, amenities for walkers, public art, safe street crossings, navigation, etc.)
  • Public Transportation
  • Fostering intergenerational and multi-cultural connection
  • Financial security for low income residents 50+
  • Socialization and fostering community connection for older residents
  • Education and awareness about LGBTQ elders
  • Community accessibility for disabled residents

Comprehensive details about the program and applications can be found on www.aarp.org/ct. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, October 11, 2019, and all projects must be completed within 12 months from the day the grant begins. Applications must be submitted to CTLivable@aarp.org with each section of the application completed with all pertinent information. Please email questions to CTLivable@aarp.org.

AARP announced in July that it will fund 159 projects across the country in 2019, including two in Connecticut, as part of its second annual AARP Community Challenge grant program. The initiative funded 129 projects in 2018.

AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. AARP 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.

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