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Kentucky Cities Awarded Quick Action Grants


AARP Awards Community Grants to Four Kentucky Organizations

AARP Livable Community Grants totaling $2.4 million are part of record-breaking year for nationwide program.

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

In support of that work, AARP is excited to announce the largest number of grantees and funds to-date through the Community Challenge grant program. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 184 organizations across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, smart cities, civic engagement, coronavirus response and more.

AARP Kentucky is incredibly proud to have four grantees right here in our state. Our goal is to support their efforts to create great places for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities and the coronavirus pandemic has only underscored the importance of this work.

Here in Kentucky, these exciting and diverse projects were funded:

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    • Harrodsburg: Campbellsville University Harrodsburg Conover Education Center To beautify one of Kentucky's oldest streets, long-lasting concrete planters will be installed, trees will beplanted, and signs will be added. All will be maintained by resident volunteers or local organization.
    • Louisville: Center For NeighborhoodsThe grant will support ongoing efforts to create a safer, more inviting main street area by implementing plans created by local stakeholders, including the installation of permanent lighting, pedestrian pathways, an intergenerational mural, planter boxes, signage and more.
    • Louisville: ElderServe To provide a safe and comfortable space for older residents who are waiting for transportation, an attractive and functional bus stop shelter will be installed near a popular senior center.

The Community Challenge is part of AARP’s nationwide 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.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge both here in Kentucky as well as across the nation, visit You can also view an interactive map of all of the Community Challenge projects and AARP Kentucky’s livable communities work at

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