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Biden administration moves to protect Alaska wilderness; opening statements and first witness in NY trial; SCOTUS hears Starbucks case, with implications for unions on the line; rural North Carolina town gets pathway to home ownership.

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AARP NV wants to help improve communities through grant initiative

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024   

AARP Nevada wants nonprofits and government agencies to improve communities through quick-action improvement projects made possible through a grant program.

The AARP Community Challenge is in its eighth year and is currently accepting applications online through March 6.

Heidi Anderson, executive director of the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation in Reno, said her group is helping restore an approximately 220-acre decommissioned golf course which has been transformed into what she calls a "healthy, functioning wetland system." She added last year they received more than $14,000 to purchase GRIT Freedom Chairs to make the space more accessible for all.

"It allows anybody who does have some limited mobility to be able to actually get out on the wetland," Anderson explained. "And enjoy and experience being out in nature with the animals and the plants, the birds, and really be able to experience that up close."

Anderson said her group was able to buy a total of four GRIT Freedom Chairs to make outdoor spaces more equitable for everyone. She noted because of the reception of the chairs in the communities they serve, outside funders have shown interest in expanding the initiative. She encouraged groups and organizations to apply.

Anderson pointed out there are many groups and organizations wanting to do good in communities and contended AARP's Community Challenge initiative fosters strong partnerships to be able to do so.

"I am a huge advocate for partnerships and doing things together to amplify what we are doing," Anderson emphasized. "By applying for these grants, by reaching out to these communities, organizations and businesses, we can just do so much more."

According to AARP, grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities, to several thousand or tens of thousands for larger projects. This year, the Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities: flagship grants, capacity-building microgrants and demonstration grants.


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