Three MA Projects Awarded AARP Community Challenge Grants

Jul 19, 2018

Three projects in Massachusetts  – Old Colony YMCA, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell – were awarded grants from the national  AARP Community Challenge. In its second year, AARP received more than 1,600 applications from nonprofits and government entities from across the country, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. 

A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. The winners have a project completion deadline of November 5, 2018.

Below is a quick summary of the Massachusetts-based projects and the national list is available here.

  • Brockton: Old Colony YMCA
    The East Bridgewater community will better connect its residents with local trails by installing wayfinding signage, ADA-compliant benches and accessible pathways along the Hiking Viking Trail.
  • Springfield: Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
    This grant will pilot bench installations around bus stops that will allow better mobility for seniors and disabled individuals who use public transit.
  • Westford: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell
    This grant will serve older adults by purchasing tools and supplies to deliver critical home repairs to low-income homeowners that will allow them to better age in place.