PORTLAND — AARP Maine introduced that 11 organizations all through the state will obtain 2022 Group Problem grants – a part of the most important group of grantees to this point with $3.4 million awarded amongst 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action initiatives that assist communities change into extra livable within the long-term by enhancing public locations; transportation; housing; variety, fairness and inclusion; digital entry; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the wants of adults age 50 and over.
“AARP Maine is dedicated to working with communities to enhance residents’ high quality of life by way of tangible modifications,” stated Noël Bonam, AARP Maine state director. “We’re proud to collaborate with this 12 months’s grantees and to help their efforts as they make rapid enhancements of their communities to jumpstart long-term change, particularly for Mainers 50 and over.”
Right here in Maine, initiatives funded embrace:
- Bangor Livable Communities – The security and performance of the Kenduskeag Stream Path might be improved by widening the path, putting in ADA-compliant benches and enhancing signage. A structural evaluation of 1 bridge might be carried out.
- Kennebec Estuary Land Belief – The Whiskeag Path might be widened and stabilized; bridges might be widened, with ramps added; ADA-compliant benches might be put in; and an emergency system might be up to date.
- Age-Pleasant Communities of the Decrease Kennebec – A multimedia package deal informing recipients about accent dwelling items might be produced.
- Danforth Livable Communities – The town’s Livable Communities Heart might be introduced as much as ADA requirements with a brand new entrance walkway and entryway and a renovation of its stairwell.
- United Means of the Tri-Valley Space – A program offering free rides to folks age 50 and older on this rural group might be maintained and expanded, partly with the addition of seven volunteer drivers.
- Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater (“MSIIT”) – Theatrical performances about challenges skilled by older adults might be staged at venues throughout central Maine. (Observe the hyperlink within the group’s title to learn an AARP.org/Livable article about this grantee and interactive theater).
- Age-Pleasant Portland – Native companies might be inspired to accommodate older adults by making use of for age-friendly-business designations. The rewards will embrace window decals, a certificates, and free ramps and entry buzzers.
- Challenge GRACE – Three group gardens, two of that are used solely to feed undernourished residents, will achieve funding, as will a program that gives supplemental heating help and residential repairs to older adults.
- Georges River Land Belief – A portion of an current riverfront path will obtain new seating, trailhead kiosks with details about the realm and new accessible parking spots.
- Age-Pleasant South Portland – A stroll audit might be carried out to determine methods to enhance security on the Inexperienced Belt Path. Signage can even be put in, and a program on the proper use of the path might be produced for Entry TV.
- City of Surry – Signage might be added alongside Route 172 to gradual rushing visitors by drivers who are sometimes unaware of the small city’s presence as they shuttle between Ellsworth and Blue Hill.
AARP Group Problem grant initiatives might be funded in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. True to this system’s quick-action nature, initiatives have to be accomplished by Nov. 30.
This 12 months, AARP is bolstering its funding of reasonably priced and adaptable housing options in response to the nationwide housing disaster. With extra funding help from Toyota Motor North America, this system can also be rising its help of initiatives that enhance mobility innovation and transportation choices.
The grant program is a part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which helps the efforts of cities, cities, neighborhoods and rural areas to change into nice locations to stay for folks of all ages. Since 2017, AARP Maine has awarded 32 grants and $179,912 by way of this system to nonprofit organizations and authorities entities throughout the state.
View the complete record of grantees and their mission descriptions at aarp.org/communitychallenge and be taught extra about AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.