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AARP: Community Challenge

Deadline: April 14, 2021

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. AARP will prioritize projects that deliver inclusive solutions that meet the needs of diverse populations, as well as those that directly engage volunteers through permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcome areas:

  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Support a range of housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices.
  • Increase civic engagement and demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.
  • Support local recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic with an emphasis on economic development, improvements to public spaces, and transportation services.
  • Ensure a focus on diversity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
  • Other community improvements—AARP will consider other local needs and innovative ideas for addressing them.

Certain project types will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events. Prioritized project types include:

  • Permanent physical improvements in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
  • New, innovative programming or services

Amount: Grants can range from several hundred dollars for smaller short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. Specific ranges are not defined.

Eligibility: 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Link: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/community-challenge/info-2021/2021-challenge/

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