1159 South Community Development Corporation has been selected as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

1159 South is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant. Out of 2,800 applicants, we are one of only 184 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this “quick-action” grant we will activate Grand Harmony with the signature Yellow Swings on Yellow Springs that will energize the corridor and provide a place for residents to engage, an 8′ ADA-compliant picnic table, a community-sized barbecue grill, solar lighting, signage and a shed. Through this grant, Grand Harmony will become the community’s front porch, back yard and happy place. AARP, like 1159 South, understands that “quick actions” can be the spark for long-term progress.

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected 1159 South to receive this grant,” stated Neal Browning, Vice President, 1159 South. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”

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