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Webinar Rewind: Unpacking Federal Funding Opportunities to Create More Livable Communities

Posted on March 2, 2022


The ELGL Webinar Library is now members-only, but we think this particular recording provides such an excellent preview of our upcoming cohort that we’re making available for everyone!

Enjoy the recording, then apply for the free 6-week cohort Federal Funding Opportunities to Create More Livable Communities. While you’re at it, check out the AARP Community Challenge quick-action grant program. This year, for the first time, there’s a category for programs that support communities’ efforts to Build Engagement and Leverage Funding available under new federal programs through laws including the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more.


Originally broadcast February 22, 2022.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) are historic funding opportunities to strengthen communities for the future. As local governments compete for grants and seek to implement investments strategically, they must navigate complex funding rules and reporting requirements to design programs and partnerships that can deliver measurable, equitable outcomes for all residents. To address persistent challenges and build resilience against future threats, it will be critical that spending decisions represent the voices and needs of people of all ages, abilities, races and incomes – including older adults, who have disproportionately been impacted by the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will require augmenting capacity in short-staffed departments and agencies, as well as finding new and innovative ways to engage communities and harness local partners and resources.

Local governments don’t have to face this challenge alone. ELGL and AARP have teamed up—in partnership with Funkhouser & Associates—to host a unique cohort-style program in spring 2022, which will bring the power of peer-to-peer learning and a support network to help your jurisdiction tap into and leverage those federal funds for transformative impacts.

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