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AARP Mississippi seeks ideas for grants to boost 'livability'

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Monday, January 29, 2024   

Cities or civic groups with ideas for improving their communities have a new chance to make them a reality.

Grants from the AARP Community Challenge fund projects which do not take long to complete and help towns or neighborhoods improve public sites, transportation, housing, digital access and more.

Kimberly Campbell, state director for AARP Mississippi, said nationwide, AARP has granted more than $16 million toward 1,370 projects, including 19 in Mississippi. She explained grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to tens of thousands for larger projects.

"The Chamber of Commerce for the town of Oakland, Mississippi, used an AARP Community Challenge grant of $25,000 to improve the area around a senior center, by adding a decorative mural, helping build a pickleball court and adding a 'pocket park,' with benches and raised flower beds," Campbell outlined. "That was in 2023."

Campbell added applications from nonprofit organizations and government entities are prioritized. The application deadline is March 6. Once funded, the projects must be completed by Dec. 15. More information is online at AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

This is the eighth year for the grants. Campbell noted the applications are being accepted for three different grant opportunities: capacity-building microgrants; demonstration grants, and what she explained are known as flagship grants.

"Those grants support projects that improve public places, transportation, housing, diversity, equity and inclusion, civic engagement, community health and economic empowerment," Campbell pointed out. "New to this area this year will be what we're calling the Community Resilience and Digital Connection."

Campbell added AARP will hold a webinar on Jan. 31 at 1 P-M Central time, to answer questions from prospective grant applicants. They can register on the AARP Mississippi Facebook page, or on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Disclosure: AARP Mississippi contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Community Issues and Volunteering, Health Issues, and Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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