Three Maryland nonprofits will receive a combined $50,150 as winners of AARP 2021 Community Challenge Grants.
Now in its fifth year, the program supports quick-action projects that spark change and improve communities in key livability areas of public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, plus other innovative projects. AARP received a record 3,564 applications and granted a record 243 projects.
The Indian Cultural Association of Howard County was awarded $10,000 to build and stock five free little pantries to provide free food and essentials in low-income neighborhoods.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services was awarded $15,000 for the Baltimore Older Adult Advocacy Network to build the capacity of older adults to engage in policy advocacy and knowledge sharing to improve their lives and community.
Baltimore’s ReBUILD Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization was granted $25,150 to fund Bee Safe, a crosswalk art project intended to slow traffic, increase the safety of crossings for elderly residents and school children, and celebrate neighborhood identity.