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R5DC Seeks Applicants for AARP Community Challenge

R5DC is seeking people to participate in the AARP Community Challenge Grant

To learn more about this opportunity, visit

About the AARP Community Challenge Grant

  • MISSION STATEMENT: A grant program to make communities more livable for people of all ages with tangible improvements that jump-start long-term change.

  • In its 5th year, AARP is announcing the largest number of Community Challenge grants to date, awarding more than $3.2 million among 244 grantees across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • AARP believes that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But also believes that “quick actions” can be the spark for long-term progress.

  • Our quick-action project will demonstrate changes and help build momentum to improve livability for residents of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities right here in Region 5 - Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties in Central MN.

  • This year, the AARP Community Challenge funded projects that achieve one of several outcomes. Our project will support local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by emphasizing economic development, improvements to public spaces, and transportation services.

For more information on all of this year’s grantees and their projects, go to

You can see a map featuring this year’s Community Challenge projects, previous year’s grantees, as well as communities that are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities at AARP’s livable communities interactive map at


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