Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Play

A lawsuit over the funding of Pennsylvania schools is in the hands of a judge, California launches a student loan debt challenge, and texts show former President Trump seeking donations after the FBI raid.

Play

Republicans rally around former President Trump after the FBI searches his home for missing archive documents, President Biden formalizes U.S. support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO, and the FDA expands authorization of the monkeypox vaccine.

Play

People in five rural Kentucky counties are fighting their way back after catastrophic flooding, efforts to preserve Oklahoma's historic buildings in small communities are running up against funding challenges, and more factory-built manufactured homes could help solve the nation's housing shortage.

Age-Friendly Community Grant Applications Now Open

Play

Thursday, February 3, 2022   

AARP is now accepting applications for its Community Challenge Grant program.

This year's focus is to increase investments in projects boosting diversity and inclusion, and helping local communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Todd Stubbendieck, state director for AARP Nebraska, said he hopes to see project proposals for previously overlooked neighborhoods.

"It's about making our communities more livable for all," Stubbendieck explained. "Making sure that we're not leaving behind neighborhoods that often have been underserved, that do have diversity and multicultural audiences in them."

Stubbendieck pointed out the aim is to make communities more user-friendly for residents of all ages and backgrounds, by making it easier to access medical appointments, cultural activities, grocery stores and green spaces. Applications will be accepted through March 22 for projects that can be completed by Nov. 30 of this year.

Now in its sixth year, the grant program is part of AARP's nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live.

"We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets, affordable and accessible housing, transportation options, good vibrant public spaces," Stubbendieck outlined. "And what's great is that our local communities know what they need to make themselves better."

Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than 800 grants to nonprofits and government entities, including 13 in Nebraska. Recent projects included improvements to a community garden in Lincoln and walking trails in Hebron, and the creation of a vibrant public space in north Omaha. Stubbendieck added some quick and high-impact efforts required just a few hundred dollars.

"Since 2017, the average grant has been about $11,500, and 76% of the grants have been under $15,000," Stubbendieck reported. "The largest grant has been at the $50,000 range."

Disclosure: AARP Nebraska contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Consumer Issues, Health Issues, and Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
A shortage of affordable housing is seen as one reason for a spike in eviction cases in Virginia. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the state needs 153,415 affordable rentals for people who are extremely low-income. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

With Virginia's Rent Relief Program ending, a flood of eviction cases has emerged. Established during the pandemic, the program was designed to help …


Environment

As Congress debates a bill to fund climate-change solutions, Pima Community College is doing its own work to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and …

Social Issues

In the first six months of this year, the U.S. saw a significant jump in foreclosure filings, coinciding with concerns about the pressure inflation …


The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers often pretend to be from the Social Security Administration and ask to "verify people's taxpayer ID" numbers in an effort to steal their identity. (Stockphotopro/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Last year, Americans reported losing a record-breaking $5.8 billion to scams, and now, the State of California and AARP are teaming up to try to …

Social Issues

The state has just launched the California Student Loan Debt Challenge, to let public service employees - like teachers, law enforcement, nurses…

People can wait up to three years to get into affordable housing in Spokane, Wash. (Zach/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Washingtonians are feeling the squeeze from high housing prices, but a novel concept launching in Spokane could speed up the creation of affordable …

Social Issues

More officials from South Dakota's health care community are speaking out in support of Medicaid expansion. Voters will decide this fall whether to …

Social Issues

CORRECTION: The $3.7 billion figure represents an increase in education investments during the eight-year Wolf Administration, not the Pennsylvania …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021