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Placemaking on Grant Street

AARP “quick-action” grants to make communities more livable for people of all ages

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is very excited to announce that we have been selected as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee and will receive a$12000 for placemaking work on Grant Street! We are one of only 184 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There are three pieces to this project centered around placemaking – purchase and distribution of garbage receptacles, purchase and distribution of flags for property owners, and two multilingual wayfinding signs. All projects will seek to be completed by December 18, 2020.

34 garbage receptacles for Grant Street or at adjacent intersecting streets (example, a commercial property on West Ferry on the block between Grant and Herkimer) will be funded – property owners interested in signing up to receive a free receptacle can sign up below. Be sure to specify if you would like a small or a large garbage receptacle.

Property owners on Grant Street can also sign up for a free flagpole, flag mount, and flag of their choice – display the pride for your country of origin or cultural identity and help highlight the diversity of the West Side community! Sign up below; be sure to specify the type of flag you would like us to purchase for you.

Additionally, any remaining funding still available beyond these three projects will be available for stakeholder organizations to fund small placemaking projects and work of their own choosing as an “adopt-a-block” program, such as funds to cover the costs of installing or repairing planter boxes, or repairing an awning, or to purchase maintenance tools – if you have an idea, please feel free to submit it below, and we will be in contact with more information as it becomes available! Be sure to include what the name of your group or organization is.

About the Community Challenge

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

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 184 granted projects this year, visit You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at