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AARP Community Challenge Grantees List by State: Alabama-Hawaii

More than 1,000 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)
  • Birmingham: Urban Impact
    The project will develop intergenerational activities and lifelong learning opportunities that strengthen the sense of community as well as individuals’ sense of belonging. (2022)
  • Boligee: Town of Boligee 
    The Bobcats Paw Trail will be improved with flower boxes, lighting and more. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Mobile: Mobile Medical Museum
    Walkways around the museum’s community garden will be renovated to make them fully ADA-compliant. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Monroeville: Monroeville Main Street
    The downtown organization will use the grant for community activities that are healthy, affordable, educational and multigenerational. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Opelika: Opelika Main Street
    An outdoor game station will be installed in an underutilized public space so residents and visitors can have fun and spend time downtown. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Anchorage: Anchorage Navy League Council 151 
    The grant will be used to develop a Sea Services Memorial at the existing USS Anchorage anchor site to honor the two ships of that name, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Alaska division and the World War II history of Dutch Harbor, which is an Aleutian Island port located 800 miles southwest of Anchorage. (2022)
  • City and Borough of Juneau: Thane Community Garden Association 
    Volunteers age 50 or older will help create a community garden that will serve as a social hub, outdoor classroom and natural “health club.” (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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, an ADA accessible scenic overlook platform at Settler Bay Coast Park will allow visitors of all abilities views of this coastal park. (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)
  • St. George: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
    The grant will help improve St. George’s food security and overall livability by revitalizing its greenhouse, which is also used as a community gathering space. (2022)
  • Valdez: Valdez Adventure Alliance
    A popular local trail will be modified to accommodate wheelchair and stroller users as well as other visitors who have limited or different mobility abilities. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Camp Verde: Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Division
    A shaded, hard-surface area will be added to Heritage Pool, along with picnic tables and additional programming, such as exercise and Aqua Zumba classes. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (2021)
  • Hopi and Navajo Reservations: Red Feather
    Selected elders will be provided with home modifications such as ADA ramps, grab bars, HEPA filters and (if the home has no running water) handwashing systems. (2022)

  • Maricopa County: G.A.S.K.I.N.S. Charity
    The program will conduct aging in place assessments for older adult homeowners and install technology and equipment to help people remain in their homes.  (2022)
  • 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)
  • Phoenix and Scottsdale: Elaine
    Transportation to medical appointments, job and housing interviews, the grocery store and similar destinations will be provided to hundreds of the most vulnerable members of the two communities. (2022)
  • 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. Video (2018)
  • Tuba City: Change Labs 
    A crumbling, 1,000-foot sidewalk that runs from the Tuba City Police Department to the local community center and health clinic will be replaced. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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. Photo Album (2019)
  • Blytheville: Main Street Blytheville
    New curb ramps suitable for wheelchair users will be added in the downtown area. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Corning: City of Corning
    ADA-compliant benches will be added along Wynn Park’s walking path and at the Clay County Courthouse. (2022)
  • Fayetteville: Fayetteville Housing Authority
    A gazebo and pergola on the grounds of Hillcrest Towers, a high-rise for older adults and the disabled, will be replaced. New seating, raised garden beds, solar lighting and an outdoor projector and screen will be added. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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)
  • Compton: Los Angeles Conservation Corps
    Planting events at the Compton Creek Natural Park will replace white alder trees with drought-tolerant species and surround them with native plants. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Lake County: Lake Links
    The funds will be used for a new, easy-to-use ride service program for older adults and people with disabilities. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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) Article and Video 
  • 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
    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 Diego: Bayside Community Center
    A dirt patch at the Linda Vista Community Park will be turned into a garden, providing produce for a local environmental learning center and serving as an alternative food source in an area that's largely a food desert. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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)
  • San Mateo County: Peninsula Volunteers, Inc
    A program providing reduced-cost rides service for older adults via Lyft and Uber will be expanded into the northern reaches of San Mateo County. (2022)
  • Santa Cruz: Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay
    The grant helped build an ADA-compliant accessory dwelling unit (ADU) as part of a program that enables older homeowners to age in place. (2017) Video 
  • 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. Video (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)
  • Boulder: City of Boulder
    Solar pathway lights will be installed to illuminate a neighborhood so residents can more safely walk at night. (2021)
  • Bristol: Town of Bristol Improvements Board
    A garden with raised bed planters and ADA-compliant benches — as well as an historical mural, veterans memorial and wind sculpture — will be installed at the town’s new community center. (2022)
  • 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: Elevation Community Land Trust
    The grant supports the creation of 92 permanently affordable for-sale condos in the heart of the Santa Fe arts district. These homes will have energy efficient features throughout the building. The La Terla housing project will expand homeownership opportunities to over 300 families in the neighborhood.. (2020)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Trinidad: Trinidad History Museum, History Colorado
    The museum garden will be restored and divided into seven specialty gardens (dye, herb, heritage, high altitude/low water, medicinal, and vegetable), which will feature raised planting beds and ADA-compliant seating. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Bolton: Bolton Senior Center
    A pickleball court and bench will be installed behind the senior center. (2022)
  • 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. Video (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)
  • Farmington: Town of Farmington
    A bike rack, benches and wayfinding signage will be added to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. (2022)
  • 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. Article (2017)
  • Hartford: Pope Hartford Designated Fund, Inc.
    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)
  • Stratford: Town of Stratford
    Maps of 12 walking routes will be updated and digitized. Four benches will be installed along the routes. A kickoff event will encourage people of all ages to walk more often. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Dover: City of Dover
    Three bicycle repair stations will be installed along the Capital City Trail and outside the public library. (2022)
  • Georgetown: Georgetown Public Library
    Grant funds will be used to create a computer lab that can be used by library patrons and a classroom for computer lessons. (2022)
  • Milton: Town of Milton
    A walking tour map will be published and 12 crosswalks will be painted with colorful designs to slow traffic. (2022)
  • 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) Video
  • 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: 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. Photo Album (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. Photo Album (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)
  • Wilmington: Delaware Nature Society
    Amenities including benches, shade trees and interpretive panels will be added to a new but underused wetland park. Guides will be hired to lead nature walks and help visitors monitor water quality. (2022)
  • 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. Article and Photo Album (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)
  • Washington, D.C: Manna
    Funds will help efforts to reduce the number of cost-burdened older adult households and advance homeownership access for low- and middle-income BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) residents. (2022)
  • Washington, D.C: Vida Senior Centers
    Six traditional Hispanic social gatherings, called tertulias, will be held in the Adams Morgan and Brightwood neighborhoods. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Dunedin: Dunedin Public Library
    Universal-access picnic tables will be added to the playground at the library, and a “story walk” will be created with signage explaining the city’s history and other distinctions. (2022)
  • Fort Lauderdale: Grace Arts
    A giant fabric shade with a design of geometric shapes will hang above an outdoor shopping plaza in the Victoria Park neighborhood to provide shade and better location for cultural events and activities. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Hillsborough County: Carrollwood Cultural Center
    To aid blind or visually impaired arts aficionados, audio describers will be hired and an assistive-listening system will be installed for center’s theatrical, dance and art offerings. The Blind Visionaries multimedia group will perform, and a tactile and audible art exhibit will be staged. (2022)
  • Leon County: 2-1-1 Big Bend
    Rides will be provided throughout the county to residents age 50 or older. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Miami: Friends of The Underline
    Miami’s Walk4Life club will expand into the city's downtown. Two digital message boards will highlight members’ accomplishments, offer health tips and promote wellness events. (2022)
  • Miami-Dade County: Transit Alliance Miami
    The My Transit, My City project will offer lessons and technical support to older adults and people with disabilities about how to use the county’s redesigned bus system. Video (2022)
  • 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) [Video]
  • 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)
  • Pensacola: Council on Aging of West Florida
    Two "tiny houses" will be built. One will house a low-income senior citizen, the other will be used as a model home to educate the community about the ways tiny houses can help alleviate the city's severe housing shortage. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Santa Rosa Beach: Walton County Board of County Commissioners
    A gaming area will be created at the Coastal Branch Library on an existing courtyard or green space. It will include a ping-pong table, cornhole game and checkers/chess table. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Tampa: City of Tampa
    A pathway will be built to connect Linebaugh Avenue and apartments for older adults to the walking loop in Takomah Trail Park. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Wilton Manors: Three Bridges Neighborhood Association
    To improve the aesthetic appeal of Coral Gardens Park, new lighting, plants and a Little Free Library will be installed. Grant funds will also be used for a renaming contest and block party. (2022)
  • 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 and Photo Album (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. Photo Album (2020) 
  • Atlanta: Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
    Resource coordinators will be hired to inform longtime residents about the organization’s Legacy Resident Retention Program, which provides financial assistance to cover property-tax increases. (2022)
  • 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)
  • Augusta: Augusta Urban Ministries
    Free bikes, safety training, related equipment, and continuing inspections and repairs will be provided to 25 older adults. A community bike ride along the Augusta Canal Trail, plus safety training, will take place. (2022)
  • Brookhaven: We Love Buford Highway
    A newsletter featuring immigrant stories from the Buford Highway corridor will be created and distributed through a news rack stationed along the commercial roadway. An event featuring recitations of the stories in five languages will be staged. (2022)
  • Brunswick: City of Brunswick
    Landscaping and ADA-compliant benches will be added around the perimeter of the labyrinth, or contemplative walking path, planned for Goodyear Park. (2022)
  • Columbus: METRA Transit System
    Four two-person, porch-type swings will be installed at the city bus station on newly created beds of wood chips for safety. (2022)
  • 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)
  • LaGrange: West Georgia STAR
    A shuttle service will be created, operating 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., in this rural community with no formal public transportation system nor access to ride-sharing services such as Lyft or Uber. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (2020)
  • Macon-Bibb County: Bike Walk Macon
    To help strengthen bonds between the dissimilar communities, four crosswalks at the corner of Clayton and Walnut streets will be artistically redesigned by residents of the adjacent Vineville and Pleasant Hill neighborhoods. (2022)
  • McDonough: Heritage Senior Activity Center
    Ten adult tricycles will be purchased (along with helmets, locks and pumps) and made available for borrowing. (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (2020)
  • Union City: Christian City, Inc. 
    Funds helped the nonprofit’s Senior Wellness Program create ways for residents to engage in fitness activities. (2017)
  • Hauula: Hui o Hauula
    Walking trails, ADA-compliant benches and a mural will be installed on a five-acre site slated to become a community recreation area. Video (2022)
  • 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. Photo Album (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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