2020 Community Challenge Grants

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Funds for Cooks & Books came from one of 184 grants awarded to localities and organizations nationwide last year, including three in New Jersey, through the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge. The grants fund small projects that help make localities more livable for everyone,
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Supporting age-friendly communities and promoting brain health are two AARP Tennessee priorities. AARP Community Challenge grants will help meet those goals.
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This year the AARP Community Challenge grant program aims to improve neighborhoods and connect residents during the coronavirus pandemic. AARP is donating $2.4 million for 184 projects nationwide.
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Two Wyoming localities are using AARP Community Challenge grants to make improvements. Jackson Hole officials will install at least three locally made benches at the Block, a 1.3-acre green space. And the Cokeville Senior Citizens Center will add ramps, replace crumbling concrete and build a new patio with no steps.
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Four organizations in three Wisconsin cities have received 2020 AARP Community Challenge grants for improvement projects to benefit residents of all ages.
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Five municipalities received 2020 AARP Community Challenge grants, and AARP South Dakota funded three more projects.
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AARP awarded 2020 Community Challenge grants to two cities to help make public transit more accessible for older adults and to encourage Kansas residents to fix up their porches as a way to improve their neighborhoods.
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From ride sharing to telehealth, funding focuses on community needs during COVID.
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Raised beds and a handwashing station in a community garden are just one of the projects funded by AARP Community Challenge grant winners in Colorado this year. The projects must be completed by year’s end.
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With the help of AARP Community Challenge grants, three Kentucky regions are making improvements to their infrastructure this fall. 
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