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May 4, 2018



The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Applications are due May 16. The program is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, government entities, and other types of organizations, considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. AARP will prioritize projects that aim to: deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or and access to public and private transit; create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities; support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options; and other community improvements (we want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them).



Creating Age-Friendly Communities & Case Study: Preventing Senior Bullying

Join us for a free webinar, Age-Friendly Initiatives: Making Communities Livable for All Ages, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from Noon to 1PM., where our speakers give us insight on: (1) how communities can prepare for more older adults, and (2) socio-emotional aspects of age-friendly communities, including the signs of senior bullying. Our presenters include: Wendy Bartlo, PhD. Outreach Specialist for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties; and Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.



The NACo (National Assn. of Counties) Counties Futures Lab recently released Investing in America’s Infrastructure County Funding for Capital Facilities. The report details how population and economic growth, the costs of state and federal permitting, and issues in funding and financing infrastructure present challenges for counties in building facilities. The report also presents three case studies: Montgomery County, Md., Dallas County, Texas and San Juan County, N.M. have all found alternative funding solutions and strategies for infrastructure projects. The report features three takeaways to help counties in their capital needs: Leverage existing county assets, no debt does not mean no capital projects, and be willing to consider funding structures not tried before.






June 14, 2018 (Webinar) - Age-Friendly Communities and Senior Bullying

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 22-25, 2018: Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 6-9, 2018: Midwest Community Development Institute