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Applications open for AARP's 2019 Community Challenge grant program

Applications for AARP's 2019 Community Challenge grant program are open.

The program will fund "quick-action" projects in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP's nationwide Livable Communities initiative, according to a release from AARP.

The challenge is open to nonprofits and government entities.

According to AARP, the program will accept applications in five categories: projects that encourage communities to develop programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life; projects that give permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, access to transportation options and roadway improvements; projects that create public spaces, improve parks or improve access to amenities; projects that increase accessible and affordable housing options; and other innovative projects to improve the community.

Last year in North Dakota, Grand Forks, Buxton and Hettinger were recipients of Community Challenge grants. In all, there were 26 applications received from the state, AARP said in the release.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 217 grants through the program to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing every state and U.S. territory.

AARP said the deadline for applications is April 17 and all projects must be completed by Nov. 4. Applications can be submitted through AARP's website.