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AARP Community Challenge

Deadline: April 17, 2019

AARP’s work on livable communities supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties nationwide to become more livable. 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. AARP has offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and is working with local leaders in more than 300 communities.

AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge supports projects that improve sidewalks and crosswalks, activate public spaces, and more. AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes.

  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities.” This new category will encourage communities to develop and implement innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding, and using data to increase quality of life for all. The intention with this category is to encourage applicants to demonstrate new ways to engage in decision-making about housing, transportation, economic development, placemaking, infrastructure, or other community aspects.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions to increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and/or access to public and private transit.
  • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks, and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. AARP wants to know the most important needs in applicant communities and the best quick action ideas applicants have to address them.

Community Challenge grants can be used to support the following types of projects in the community.

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

Note: Proposed project types will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events. The activity defined in the proposal must be completed by November 4, 2019.

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; government entities; and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Link: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/about/info-2017/aarp-community-challenge.html

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