Making communities more livable for people of all ages is the goal of a grant program that’s looking for Minnesota towns to submit their ideas. Nonprofit groups and government agencies can apply for the “livability” grants from A-A-R-P. The Community Challenge Grant program is in its fourth year, and this year’s grants include a new category – diversity and inclusion. The money gives smaller agencies funding to do quick-turnaround projects in their communities.

Jay Haapala with A-A-R-P Minnesota says the diversity and inclusion could come in a variety of ways.

To date, grants totaling about 110-thousand dollars have been awarded to projects across Minnesota. Nationwide, nearly three-million dollars has gone to these community improvements. This year’s application period runs through April 1st. The money will be distributed over the summer and projects need to be completed by early November.