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STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Help Make Our Communities Better Places to Live for People of All Ages

The Connecticut AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. Grant applications, open to nonprofits and government entities, must be submitted by July 15 and the awarded projects must be completed by November 1. If you have an idea for a good project, please reach out to me or your local elected officials. You can apply here.

Projects might range from a small, short-term activity that costs hundreds to a more sizable project requiring thousands of dollars. Projects need to deliver on the following drivers for change, including:

  • Improving a community’s built environment to benefit all ages and ability levels. For example:
  • Transforming vacant or underutilized public spaces;
  • Creating intergenerational playgrounds;
  • Installing traffic calming measures, such as circles, street trees, and crosswalk enhancements; and
  • Creating pop-up projects to highlight positive changes that communities can make to roadways (temporary or permanent bike lanes, roundabouts, etc.) and expand transportation options.
  • Driving community engagement and interaction across diverse community residents (e.g., culture/art, local communication, public space/place-making, sports, education, well-being/healthy living, etc.) For example:
  • Hosting activities to encourage healthy eating and exercise;
  • Holding Open Streets programs and festivals to encourage people to walk and bike through the community; and
  • Leveraging pop-up/tactical urbanism demonstrations to create small parks.

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