The City of Pine Bluff announced in a press release on August 2, that it has been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant for $25,000. Pine Bluff is one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With this “quick-action” grant, the City will improve the community by enhancing physical activity and social engagement through improvements to public space, specifically community gardening space.

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected the City of Pine Bluff to receive this grant,” stated Mayor Shirley M. Washington. “AARP is a nationwide leader in making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for residents, and we’re honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to Pine Bluff.”

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, and more.

The press release explained how it’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 244 granted projects this year, visit