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AARP Community Challenge Grantees by State: Alabama-Hawaii

More than 800 projects have been funded since our "quick-action" grant program began in 2017

Here's our complete state-by-state list of the AARP Community Challenge grants that have been awarded since our quick-action grant program began in 2017.

  • Birmingham: REV Birmingham
    The nonprofit, its partners and stakeholders conducted pop-up demonstration projects to show how improved street safety and traffic flow for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians can be an economic catalyst in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood and commercial district. (2017)
  • Birmingham: Bush Hills Connections
    This grant will help expand a community garden by providing seating, a covered area to rest, bathrooms, classrooms, and sanitation stations. (2020)
  • Birmingham: Freshwater Land Trust
    The Highlands Connector project will upgrade and reinforce an on-street multi-modal pathway leading to a protected path and the Red Rock Trail System. (2021)
  • Camden: Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center
    This grant will support the "Sharing Our Stories One Bench at a Time" project and bring together local artists and volunteers of all ages to create 10 mosaic benches to be placed throughout Camden's historic downtown. (2019)
  • Foley: Foley Main Street, Inc.
    Musical instruments will be added to an existing pocket park so people of all ages can play and organizations can stage public performances. (2021)
  • Huntsville: South Huntsville Business Association
    A local artist and volunteers will work together to design, produce, and install 15 artistic, place-making bike racks at local businesses and public spaces. (2019)
  • Mobile: Victory Teaching Farm 
    The Center for Family and Community Development installed ramps and raised garden beds so people of all ages and abilities can participate in farm activities. (2017)
  • Monroeville: Monroeville Main Street
    Game boards will be installed near City Hall and a program called "Play Chess with the Mayor" will help encourage inclusiveness and community connections. (2021)
  • Montevallo: City of Montevallo
    This project will install exercise equipment for all ages at Orr Park and George Dailey Park to allow underserved 50+ residents to use free fitness equipment to reduce their risk for chronic diseases and improve healthy habits. (2020)
  • Montgomery: City of Montgomery Planning Department
    Grant funds will pay for the installation of two pedestrian crossing signals and a colorful crosswalk, increasing pedestrian safety through creative measures. (2018)
  • Montgomery: River Region Trails, Inc.
    This demonstration project will create protected bicycle and pedestrian lanes on busy streets in the Old Cloverdale district to show the value of walk-bike infrastructure in the neighborhood and city. (2021)
  • Moulton: Moulton Lions Club
    This project will seek to revitalize the downtown area by bringing art and color into the area with themed crosswalks, parklets, and public murals. (2020)
  • Oxford: City of Oxford
    Grant funds will finance 10 park benches and bike racks along Main Street in the city's historic downtown, encouraging people of all ages to walk or ride bicycles. (2018)
  • Wetumpka: Main Street Wetumpka
    A neglected alleyway that hosts a 90-foot mural displaying the community’s history will be activated with six benches, green space, LED lighting, stonework, movable furniture, and a space dedicated to live music. (2019)
  • Anchorage: Alaska Trails 
    Grant funds helped involve residents in decisions to improve the built environment and create active transportation options for people of all ages and ability levels. (2017)
  • Anchorage: Bike Anchorage
    A mobile trailer will be purchased and outfitted with materials including bollards, rubber bricks, traffic cones, and signage to complete pop-up demonstration projects throughout the community. (2019)
  • Anchorage: Cook Inlet Housing Authority
    Wayfinding signs incorporating indigenous place names and symbols; dog waste stations; and garbage receptacles will be added to a walking trail that connects senior and family housing to create a more inviting, safer, and cleaner environment. (2019)
  • Anchorage: Anchorage Park Foundation
    Musical equipment will be added to the city's first "intergenerational health and healing park," which will also feature artwork, an inclusive playground, a paved labyrinth, fitness features and more. (2021)
  • Anchorage: Catholic Social Services
    An underused courtyard will be converted into a community garden that can provide garden-grown produce to food pantry clients and provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. (2021)
  • Anchorage: Neighborworks Alaska
    Local artists will create artwork that integrates culture and storytelling into interpretive signs placed along the Fish Creek Trail. (2021)
  • Homer: Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
    As part of a long-term effort to build an accessible trail through a public park, this grant will help design and install signage for visually impaired visitors. (2019)
  • Kenai: Kenaitze Indian Tribe (IRA)
    Six permanent raised garden beds will be installed on Kenaitze tribal land around a wellness center for traditional Dena'ina medicinal plants. (2018)
  • Knik-Fairview, Matanuska-Susitna Borough: Great Land Trust
    An ADA-accessible scenic overlook at the Settlers Bay Coastal Park will allow visitors of all mobility levels to enjoy the views of Cook Inlet. (2021)
  • Mat-Su Borough: Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation
    To increase access to the outdoors, this grant will provide lifejackets at ADA-accessible water access locations. (2020)
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: United Way of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
    This project will work with older residents and local artists to design and create an art and cultural trail reflective of the community's history. (2020)
  • Aguila: Aguila Community Center
    The community center will be improved with a repaired roof and new flooring to make the venue safer and more inviting. (2021)
  • Camp Verde: Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Division
    Seating is lacking along several key stretches of the Town of Camp Verde Sport Complex. Challenge funds will be used to place benches along the 1.6 mile Perimeter Loop Trail and around a pond. (2021)
  • Chino Valley: Yavapai Regional Transit Inc. 
    The grant was used to install a much-needed ADA-compliant walkway, bench and bus stop shelter. (2017)
  • Fort Defiance: Navajo United Way
    This project will support the installation of bus shelters throughout Navajo Nation to provide seating and shade for waiting passengers. (2021)
  • Payson: Town of Payson
    As part of ongoing revitalization and improvements along historic main street, the town will pilot two new creative artistic crosswalks with ADA compliant curb ramps and solar push button crosswalk signs. (2019)
  • Phoenix: Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. 
    Funding was provided for the installation of a crosswalk near a busy, six-lane intersection in the city’s Maryvale neighborhood (2017)
  • South Tucson: Primavera Foundation
    This grant will improve the La Capilla Neighborhood's community garden by building a raised garden bed, purchasing adaptive tools and making the space more accessible and walkable. (2020)
  • Tempe: City of Tempe
    As part of the city’s Dementia Friendly initiative, this grant will be used to install 57 wayfinding signs in community centers, develop a rating tool for the community’s Memory Cafes and develop a video for training volunteers to assist in Dementia Friendly programs. (2018)
  • Tucson: Living Streets Alliance
    Grant funds will be used to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility, and foster a stronger sense of place by transforming an intersection with colorful crosswalks, temporary curb bulb-outs, seating and planter boxes. (2018)
  • Tucson: City of Tucson and Tucson Clean & Beautiful
    This grant will help increase the availability of recreational activities at a park adjacent to senior and disabled public housing by installing an accessible walking path, seating, interpretive signage about native plants, and a dog comfort station. (2019)
  • Tucson: Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
    This grant will support a community-wide Arts Care Package Campaign to provide assisted living communities and hospital patients with a diverse array of creative experiences, including music, craft kits, journaling and DIY arts projects. (2020)
  • Tucson: Community Gardens of Tucson
    The Blue Moon Community Garden is part of Tucson House, which provides rental support and low-income housing to older adults and people with disabilities. Challenge funds will be used to make improvements and help residents access healthy food. (2021)
  • Tucson: Tucson Home Sharing Inc. | Pima Council on Aging
    An education and outreach effort by Tucson Home Sharing will teach older adults about home sharing, which is an affordable housing option that can reduce loneliness and isolation. (2021)
  • Willcox: Willcox Theater and Arts, Inc.
    An unused lot in the downtown historic district will be transformed into a courtyard that celebrates the area's heritage and character through art installations, features accessible walkways and provides seating so visitors can enjoy and interact in the new space. (2021)
  • Batesville: Main Street Batesville
    A new concrete and brick pathway and wayfinding signage will be completed to improve access to a new park connected to the community’s main street. (2019)
  • Benton: City of Benton
    As part of an effort to improve walkability and reduce traffic speeds, two artistic, colorful crosswalks will be installed in the center block of this historic downtown district. (2019)
  • Conway: Conway Downtown Partnership
    This grant will improve Simon Park by installing new bike racks, planters and a mural, and developing programming to engage the community in the process. (2018)
  • Hot Springs: City of Hot Springs
    This grant will support a new "Musical History Mural" in the Historic Malvern Avenue neighborhood of Hot Springs to ensure that young people and new residents understand the rich heritage of the African American community in Hot Springs. (2020)
  • Little Rock: City of Little Rock
    The city will implement a Bike-Friendly Driver Program to improve transportation safety and decrease collisions between bicycles, pedestrians and drivers. (2018)
  • Malvern: The Malvern-Hot Spring County Library
    This grant will improve pedestrian library access and safety with a new and highly visible crosswalk, story trail and pollinator garden near the library. (2020)
  • Malvern: Malvern-Hot Spring County Library
    This project expands an existing Story Trail & Garden by adding planters, decorative seating and supplies — including outdoor easels for painting classes, and books for  summer reading baskets — to support library programs. (2021)
  • Morrilton: City of Morrilton Parks and Recreation
    This grant will be used to create a "hammock park" in Morrilton so people of all ages can hang hammocks and relax, enjoy nature and spend time together. (2018)
  • Osceola: City of Osceola
    A paved, tree-shaded walking path will be constructed near a playground that's close to the Osceola Senior Center to promote the integration of recreational spaces that serve older adults with those created for households with young children. (2021)
  • Pine Bluff: City of Pine Bluff
    This project will install eight artistic benches, an accessible pavilion and provide materials and supplies that support community gardening. (2021)
  • Stamps: City of Stamps, Arkansas
    The project will support accessibility upgrades to critical facilities at the Dr. Maya Angelou City Part, located next to Lake June, to ensure that older adults and young children can use the park. (2020)
  • West Memphis: Main Street West Memphis
    Students, artists, and volunteers will work together to install a parklet with LED lights and create a public art project that features bicycles. (2019)
  • El Cajon: Circulate San Diego
    This grant will create educational resources for older adults, particularly the community's large Iraqi refugee population, to help them become more comfortable using public transit, and lay the foundation for future transit use. (2020)
  • Hayfork: Friends of the Hayfork Park
    This grant will improve the Hayfork Park and Pool for all ages, during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, by installing various safety and hygiene measures for those using the pool and attending the Farmers' Market. (2020)
  • Long Beach: Walk Long Beach
    Walk Long Beach will create two temporary crosswalks and expand programming around a 10-mile community walk to enhance safety and engagement and improve public space aesthetics. (2018)
  • Los Angeles: Echo Park Film Center
    This project will bring older adults and young adults together to share experiences and stories. Participants will capture audio and visual elements in a film project which will be shared in outdoor settings. (2020)
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles River State Park Partners
    As part of a new Chinatown Health Initiative (CHI) this grant will create a culturally responsive and inclusive green space to begin to bridge the gap between services, programs, and park accommodations needed by older adults. (2020)
  • Los Angeles: Thai Community Development Center
    After community listening sessions are conducted to determine the focus, a mural and planters will be installed on a central community building in Thai Town to beautify the space and make it more inviting. (2019)
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
    To activate areas of the future Golden Age Park – a park designed for older adults – this project will install a communal tool shed, exercise equipment, accessible raised planters, picnic tables and a BBQ pit. (2019)
  • Montclair: Montclair Community Foundation
    Adding raised garden beds, a shade structure, lighting and seating to the Montclair Community Garden will allow people of all abilities to enjoy the space. (2021)
  • Oakland: Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
    Working through the Oakland Community Garden program, Habitat for Humanity will supply skilled labor, volunteers and funding to repair and upgrade community gardens so the spaces can provide area residents with nutritious food and safe places to gather. (2021)
  • San Diego: City Heights Community Development Corporation
    This grant will enhance the vibrancy of the Little East Africa neighborhood by installing culturally-relevant and branded cues through permanent art features and enhancements to a local bus stop. (2018)
  • San Diego: City Heights Community Development Corporation
    A vacant, fenced in and inaccessible lot positioned near a commercial corridor will be transformed into a public space by installing lighting, seating, murals and other public art displays, and kiosks for local artists to sell their goods. (2019)
  • San Francisco: Florence Fang Asian Community Garden
    The grant will help activate 10,000 square-feet of land within the community garden, expand training and improve the facilities used to distribute healthy food. (2018)
  • San José: Veggielution
    An underutilized parking lot in the downtown arts district will be revitalized with a demonstration garden, farm stand, dog park, mobile food vending hub and artistic murals. (2021)
  • San Leandro: City of San Leandro
    Through a design charrette this project will engage students, residents, older adults and community groups on the creation of an ADA-compliant public space for gardening, education, and exploring the San Leandro Creek ecosystem. (2020)
  • Seaside: United Way Monterey County
    This project will add two new affordable, accessible housing units and through workshops, digital resources, and sharing of prototype plans, encourage increased development of Accessory Dwelling Units throughout the community. (2020)
  • West Sacramento: City of West Sacramento 
    The grant money was used to improve pedestrian safety by adjusting signal timing and installing pedestrian-controlled crosswalk buttons near a housing development occupied by older adults. (2017) 
  • West Sacramento: City of West Sacramento
    The city will develop educational programming to encourage older adults to use the city’s on-demand car and bicycle transportation system. (2018)
  • West Sacramento: City of West Sacramento
    The city will provide targeted fire safety education to a cohort of older adult households that are at heightened risk and will also offer an in-home consultation and free smoke alarms and installation. (2019)
  • Aurora: Elevation Community Land Trust
    To demonstrate a new option for expanding the homeownership opportunities within existing single-family zoned neighborhoods this grant will support the location of four cottage sized, resource-efficient solar homes on two vacant lots that were previously. (2020)
  • Boulder: City of Boulder
    Solar pathway lights will be installed to illuminate a neighborhood so residents can more safely walk at night. (2021)
  • Colorado Springs: Innovations in Aging Collaborative
    Building on the results of a recent walk audit, this grant will add lighting and universally-accessible benches along the Sand Creek Trail, which connects key community hubs, to enhance the path's safety, beauty and usability. (2018)
  • Colorado Springs: Innovations in Aging Collaborative 
    Funds were provided for an Intergenerational Walk to School Day event to spur community engagement and interaction among residents of all ages. (2017)
  • Denver: Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
    This grant will help improve safety, walkability and connectivity along the Federal Boulevard corridor by supporting a pop-up demonstration of innovative traffic-calming features. (2018)
  • Denver, Jefferson and Boulder Counties: Sprout City Farms
    Local food solutions will be provided to people who live near three community farms. (2021)
  • Estes Park: Estes Valley Community Garden
    This grant will support the community's response to the coronavirus pandemic by making improvements to a community garden and installing hand sanitizing stations. (2020)
  • Fort Collins: Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities
    Grant funding will be applied toward improving the use of various mobility options by coordinating among six distinct transportation entities to provide an experiential training for new riders. After the full-day travel-training adventure, the riders will help spread the word to others in northern Colorado, especially those 50-plus. (2018)
  • Granby: Granby Chamber of Commerce
    Intergenerational artists will beautify the town's main street by creating a series of unique artistic murals. (2019)
  • Grand Junction: Mesa County Public Library District
    This project will enhance inter-generational engagement by improving the Discovery Garden with comfortable and safe walking trails and places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. (2019)
  • Grand Junction: Grand Junction Parks and Recreation
    This project will install an outdoor fitness circuit, free and accessible to all, around an existing one-mile long path encircling Sherwood Park. (2020)
  • Lake City: Lake City DIRT
    Electricity and lighting will be added to a pavilion in a public park frequently used for gatherings and events. (2019)
  • Lakewood: City of Lakewood
    This grant will engage local volunteers to install a series of innovative art projects, including a ground mural, along "40 West ArtLine" and help connect older adults to transit, parks, shopping and dining. (2020)
  • Leadville: City of Leadville
    To activate a downtown park space that has been neglected and underutilized for many years, the city will host listening sessions with the community and install new seating and a fire pit. (2019)
  • Paonia: Town of Paonia
    An underutilized pocket park will be improved with new lighting, a "conversation circle" with tables and benches where residents can gather in a friendly social space, and other improvements to increase access for those with limited mobility issues. (2019)
  • Pueblo: Posada
    A closed motel will be repurposed into single-room-occupancy housing for older adults who are experiencing homelessness and provide them with opportunities that encourage healthy, stable and self-sufficient living. (2021)
  • Wheat Ridge: Localworks
    By showcasing the work of the Activate 38 Coalition through a neighborhood event, the community learned about safe, nonmotorized ways to navigate the 38th Avenue corridor, which is a downtown Main Street-type destination. (2017)
  • Bridgeport: Groundwork Bridgeport
    A series of walking events will pair older adults with local teens to encourage fitness activities, intergenerational connections and an exchange of stories about the city, its people and history. (2021)
  • East Hartford: Goodwin College
    By installing a new accessible picnic area along a greenway and activating it with programming, this project seeks to improve quality of life and promote a range of health benefits for residents and visitors. (2019)
  • Hartford: KNOX Inc.
    Staff and volunteers rebuilt the Broad Street Community Garden’s raised beds so the planters could be used by children, older adults and people with disabilities. (2017)
  • Hartford: Pope Hartford Designated Fund, Inc. (no website)
    This project will expand the accessibility of a new community garden in Pope Park so older adults and people of all abilities as well as expand the community garden site. (2020)
  • Hartford: Green & Blue Foundation
    This project will enhance pedestrian safety, comfort and enjoyment with traffic calming features, accessible benches and a community garden. (2021)
  • Hebron: The Town Center Project
    The grant will fund the creation and placement of decorative chairs, hand-painted by local artists, to encourage more people to walk outside, relax, and engage with one another. (2018)
  • New Milford: Town of New Milford
    This Grant funds will help purchase park benches and game-tables for use along an ADA-accessible walking path to encourage walking and social engagement. (2018)
  • Stafford: Citizens Advisory Committee and Town of Stafford
    This grant will help improve the River Walk Trail to better connect Stafford residents with the outdoors while expanding social opportunities for residents. The trail directly supports the town’s plan for future growth. (2018)
  • Stamford: Fairgate Farm
    This grant will extend an existing ADA-compliant walkway and install paths, benches, tables, a raised bed, and bike racks at an urban garden and community gathering space in Stamford's West Side. (2020)
  • Tolland: Tolland Conservation Commission
    The Wanat Senior Park will feature accessible walking trails, a labyrinth, a sundial, a pollinator garden and a silo for stargazing. (2021)
  • West Hartford: Town of West Hartford
    To increase safety for walkers of all ages, new pedestrian-activated crosswalk warning lights will be installed at highly trafficked intersections. (2020)
  • Wethersfield: Town of Wethersfield
    To improve the walkability and bikeability of the town, bike racks, signage and benches will be installed at a number of locations including recreational areas, municipal facilities and centers of business activity. Walk and bike path maps will also be posted online. (2019)
  • Claymont: Claymont Community Center
    This grant will be used to create a walking path and ramp to better connect and engage community members with a 100,000 square-foot activity center, which houses a walking track and fields. (2018)
  • Dover: City of Dover 
    Grant funds financed signage along walking paths to promote the reopening of a long-closed trail. (2017)
  • New Castle County: Latin American Community Center
    The grant will develop and implement virtual outreach efforts to the Latino community and include “Know Your Rights” sessions to help ensure that Delaware’s Latino community is receiving essential information throughout the coronavirus pandemic. (2020)
  • Wilmington: Y Innovations Inc.
    This project will clean up a currently blighted lot and turn it into an attractive community gathering space with fencing and benches. (2019)
  • Wilmington: Wilmington Renaissance Corporation
    Part of a larger park reclamation project, 10 raised garden beds that are ADA-compliant and accessible to residents will be created. (2019)
  • Wilmington: Cornerstone West CDC
    The 4th St Community Mural Project will bring residents together to complete a mural on a building adjacent to a park and help collect feedback for future investments and improvements in the neighborhood. (2020)
  • Wilmington: Delaware Children's Museum 
    This grant will help develop a specialized online curriculum to connect grandparents and grandchildren through remote activities in the week leading up to Grandparents Day and help create and deliver "You’re Grand” Activity Bags to encourage continued interactive activities. (2020)
  • Wilmington: Urban Bike Project of Wilmington, Inc.
    Open Streets Wilmington will hold events that close streets to motor vehicle traffic in order to create safe spaces for residents to engage in outdoor activities and connect with one another. (2021)
  • Wilmington: Wilmington Alliance
    Sculptural bicycle racks designed by local artists will enhance community spaces and the city's cycling infrastructure. (2021)
  • Washington, D.C.: Van Ness Main Street 
    This intergenerational project brought together older adults and millennials to create a new public space for people of all ages. (2017)
  • Washington, D.C.: Capitol Hill Village
    Funds will be used in support of a program to increase the ability of low-income older adults to use technology and transportation options for mobility and access to services. (2018)
  • Washington, D.C.: Community Foodworks
    To improve older adults’ access to nutrition and engagement in the community “Rest & Rehydration” stations that include shade tents, tables, seating, water for public consumption and live music entertainment will be added to three local farmers markets. (2019)
  • Washington, D.C.: Safe Routes Partnership
    Grant funds will be used to bring awareness to traffic safety concerns in the city's Bellevue neighborhood through walk audits and traffic calming demonstrations. (2019)
  • Washington, D.C.: 1882 Foundation
    This project will create a continuously updated, interactive platform to capture the views of low-income residents in Chinatown and help inform planning policies and redevelopment based on community priorities. (2020)
  • Washington, D.C.: Iona Senior Services
    This grant will help support ongoing virtual outreach to 100 older adults who are living alone during the coronavirus pandemic, which will help create a discussion guide that can be used by other organizations to expand the reach of the program. (2020)
  • Washington, D.C.: DC Greens
    A roof and waterproofing will be added to the pavilion at Well at Oxon Run Park, a performing arts and outdoor classroom space. (2021)
  • Washington, D.C.: DC Office of Planning
    Temporary, creatively designed age-friendly benches will be installed at high-priority bus stops until permanent bus shelters are installed. (2021)
  • Washington, D.C.:: Vida Senior Centers
    Funding will help a musical group formed at a local senior center acquire needed equipment for performing at weekend markets, street fairs and other community events. (2021)
  • Casselberry: IDEAS For Us
    The Hindu Temple of Central Florida will receive an educational community garden so community members can contribute to and observe the restoration of habitats for pollinator species. (2021)
  • Cutler Bay: Town of Cutler Bay Parks and Recreation 
    Accessible fitness equipment was purchased and installed under a shade canopy in a park that hosts activities for older adults. [WWL] (2017)
  • Deerfield Beach: City of Deerfield Beach | Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
    To increase the mobility, accessibility and safety of a roadway in a predominantly residential area, a “quick-build” project will temporarily install intersection improvements, informational signage, traffic calming features and highly-visible decorative crosswalks. (2021)
  • Fort Myers: Streets Alive of Southwest Florida (Lee County) 
    Grant monies were used to host a fun, educational Open Streets demonstration event in a low-income neighborhood that has little infrastructure, high bicycle dependency and high crash rates. (2017)
  • Fort Pierce: City of Fort Pierce Police Department
    Funds will be used to improve a donated home embedded within the Housing Authority with improvements including painting, the addition of computers for residents to use and more. (2020)
  • Gainesville: City of Gainesville
    The City of Gainesville’s Online Civic Hackathon will bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to co-design a more livable city using Human-Centered Design ideation strategies, new technologies, and the City’s Open Data Portal. (2020)
  • Gainesville: City of Gainesville
    Gainesville will host a month-long "Smart City Pop-up Living Lab" to engage residents in hands-on interactive exhibits that encourage thoughtful community dialogue on data, connected technologies, and quality of life. Physical exhibits will be made mobile when possible and will be offered in a digital format for web-based engagement. (2019)
  • Miami Beach: Miami Beach Gay Pride, Inc.
    A museum exhibition featuring portraits and audio will bring to life "hundreds of years of love" through stories told by same-sex couples. (2021)
  • Opa-locka: Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
    To improve access to free, healthy food for low-income residents, fruit trees and park amenities will be installed in the common area of a multi-family residential development. (2021)
  • Orange County: Curry Ford West
    For this project, local artists will create a pop-up park, using recycled materials in the form of a labyrinth, specifically designed to help promote physical distancing on an empty privately-owned lot along a main street. (2020)
  • Orlando: City of Orlando
    Underserved neighborhoods with limited internet access will receive solar charging tables and artistic shade structures equipped as wireless hotspots. (2021)
  • Pensacola: Keep Pensacola Beautiful
    New landscaping, shade trees, pollinator gardens and waste receptacles will be installed at a musical instrument garden, which will ultimately help increase the public's use of and engagement with the space. (2019)
  • Pinellas County: Florida Dream Center
    This program will help older residents with home repairs or modifications such as adding grab bars, chair lifts, wheelchair ramps, staircase handrails and more. (2021)
  • St. Petersburg: Florida Dream Center, Inc.
    To help reduce and address code violations, this project will engage residents through door-to-door outreach and make improvements to a number of homes in the community. (2019)
  • Sunrise: City of Sunrise
    The grant will support the installation of five Bike "Fix-it" stations and five artistic bike racks, along with vibrant sidewalk art. (2020)
  • Tallahassee: Goodwood Museum and Gardens
    This grant will revitalize a historic roller rink from 1916 for outdoor activities with a new ADA-accessible sidewalk, lighting, murals and game boards that promote physical activity at a safe social distance. (2020)
  • Tallahassee: City of Tallahassee
    A new 860 foot linear park, with a  bench swing, accessible water fountain and signage, will connect two existing neighborhood parks, as well as a 16-mile rail trail to the coast. (2019)
  • Tavernier: Keys to Peace
    Grant funds will help create an intergenerational community garden at a senior center, increasing access to healthy food and bringing together older adults and children to plant, tend and harvest flowers and vegetables. (2018)
  • Athens: Athens Downtown Development Authority
    A new interpretive exhibit, an African American culture and heritage library, and a walking tour map will help generate conversation in the community and forge a connection between two historically significant buildings. (2021)
  • Atlanta: MicroLife Institute
    This grant will help demonstrate the viability of micro (200- to 500-square-foot) accessory dwelling units through the construction of two backyard bungalows, which are now legal as a result of a recent city code adoption supporting detached ADUs. Video (2018)
  • Atlanta: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
    To help improve the safety of a notoriously dangerous street for walking and bicycling,  small-scale, inexpensive traffic calming devices (including a painted bike line, bollards, a parklet and signage) will be installed, tested and refined. (2019)
  • Atlanta Metro: Lifecycle Building Center
    Using 90% reclaimed materials, Lifecycle Building Center will build ten accessible garden beds and seven “Little Free Pantries” to support older adults, largely in refugee and marginalized communities experiencing food insecurity. (2020)
  • Atlanta: Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
    A mobile kiosk in Woodruff Park filled with games and recreational equipment will be improved with new accessibility features and artwork. (2021)
  • Augusta: Augusta Recreation & Parks Department
    Grant funds will be used to improve the safety and comfort of the Henry H. Bingham Park by installing benches and street trees and integrating tai chi into park programming. (2018)
  • Augusta: The Jessye Norman School of The Arts
    This project will create Artist and Locally Grown Fresh Food Vendor stalls adjacent to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. (2020)
  • Augusta: Garden City Jazz | Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce
    Photographs, videos and live-streamed events from the Soul & Soil Initiative — an outdoor concert series of African American music held on African American-owned farmland — will be used to promote and support local arts and culture, agriculture and agri-tourism. (2021)

  • Conyers: Conyers Rockdale Library System
    Birdhouses and benches will be installed in a park adjacent to the public library. (2021)
  • Cuthbert: Andrew College
    A town square and adjoining alleyway with newly painted murals that is a frequent gathering place for people of all ages will receive 12 new benches, lighting and a pergola. (2019)
  • Dalton: City of Dalton Housing Authority
    Accessibility ramps, picnic tables and improved laundry rooms are among the improvements planned for an affordable housing complex that's home to numerous older adults. (2021)
  • Lee County, Albany, Sylvester, Thomasville: Southwest Georgia Regional Commission
    Grant funds will be used to add accessible seating, recreational equipment and outdoor art displays in four communities. (2021)
  • Macon: Bike Walk Macon
    To improve the connectivity, bikeability, and walkability of three high-traffic, residential corridors, Bike Walk Macon will engage residents of all ages to select, design, and install at least three permanent traffic calming features during the 2020 Open Streets Macon program. (2020)
  • Monroe: City of Monroe
    This grant will add seating, games, and planters that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities and by activating a new public space. (2020)
  • Union City: Christian City, Inc. 
    Funds helped the nonprofit’s Senior Wellness Program create ways for residents to engage in fitness activities. (2017)
  • Honolulu: Age-Friendly Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University 
    Grant funds helped educate young people about the importance of age-friendly cities through an interactive exhibit at the Children and Youth Day events held at the Hawaii State Capitol. (2017)
  • Honolulu: Bikeshare Hawaii
    The grant will fund a workshop, social rides and free bikeshare access in order to build confidence and familiarity among older adults with a mobility option that promotes healthy lifestyles. (2018)
  • Honolulu: The Trust for Public Land (Hawai'i office)
    Grant monies will help temporarily activate and connect key areas along the Lei of Parks pathway by using art, temporary traffic signs and signals to facilitate the movement of people between three shoreline parks. Video (2018)
  • Honolulu: Waikiki Community Center
    Grant funds will be used both to increase pedestrian safety through a public awareness program and to help beautify the community through painted utility boxes with cultural images and refreshed plantings for select streets. (2019)
  • Honolulu: Better Block Hawaii
    The installation of parklets in Honolulu’s Kalihi neighborhood will support local businesses as they recover from the pandemic, improve safety and livability, and demonstrate how parklets fit with and can enhance the city's transit development plans. (2021)
  • Honolulu: Kanu Hawaii
    Time-banking, also known as skill-sharing, enables people to barter services. Challenge funds will help the Kokua Exchange timebank in its work to alleviate economic burdens and deepen connections between community members. (2021)
  • Kailua: Kailua Intermediate School
    Transforming an exterior campus wall into a community mural will honor the history and heritage of area residents. (2021)
  • Kailua-Kona: PATH~Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii
    To encourage healthier lifestyles and build on Kailua-Kona's current bikeshare system, this grant will add three additional stations and 27 additional bikes along with free memberships and programming to up to 100 residents. (2019)
  • Waianae: Making Dreams Come True, Valley of Rainbows
    This project will beautify City and State-owned traffic utility lightboxes along Farrington Highway, a stretch of 11.5 miles, with art contributed from local artists. (2020)
  • Statewide: Hawaii Afterschool Alliance
    This grant will help develop intergenerational connections between vulnerable older adults and students across the State of Hawaii through regularly-scheduled, virtual check-ins. (2020)

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