Town of Mansfield, CT
10/28/2018 - 12/04/2018: Partnership Receives AARP-CT Grant

Mansfield Downtown Partnership Receives
AARP Livable Communities Grant

December 4, 2018 – The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. was recently named one of four awardees of the AARP Connecticut’s inaugural Livable Communities Grant program.

The AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program, a local expansion of the AARP Community Challenge initiative, was launched in August to provide nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut with up to $2,500 for projects that aim to help neighborhoods, towns and cities become more livable for people of all ages. The program was open to incorporated organizations that are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profits and Connecticut government entities.

AARP Connecticut selected four awardees for its inaugural “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund quick-action projects in Connecticut communities that will help make immediate improvements or jumpstart long-term progress that will support residents. The 2018 grantees include Goodwin College, Groundwork Bridgeport, Oak Hill, and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership will use the grant funds in the development of an intergenerational multifunctional courtyard on Wilbur Cross Way, a downtown street that connects the Post Office, residential homes, restaurants and shops. The new space supports the Mansfield Town Council and Mansfield Downtown Partnership’s plan to create an area for relaxing, small concerts, puppet shows, book and poetry readings, and more.

“We are grateful for the support of AARP Connecticut through its Livable Communities Grant for the Mansfield Downtown Partnership,” said Partnership Executive Director Cynthia van Zelm. “The grant will leverage the commitment from the Town of Mansfield and the Partnership to provide additional public spaces in Downtown Storrs for enjoyment of our residents and visitors. Our goal is to create a series of destination nodes in the downtown area with unique character. The street swing that AARP Connecticut is funding is one additional playful and fun element for one of our key destination nodes.”

For more information about AARP Connecticut’s Livable Communities grant program, please visit 


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