The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in transportation, open spaces, housing and other area, thereby improving communities.
The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Projects may range in scale from small, short-term activities costing a few hundred dollars to larger projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars. The program will accept applications for projects in the following categories for 2018:
• delivering a range of transportation and connectivity options through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
• creating vibrant public places through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities
• supporting the availability of a range of housing through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options
• Other innovative approaches to improving the community
“The AARP Community Challenge Program is aimed at catalyzing change and improving the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide,” said AARP Arkansas Director of Outreach and Education Lou Tobian. “There are tremendous opportunities for positive change in communities across Arkansas and we encourage eligible entities to apply for these quick-action grants to make their communities more livable for all.”
In 2017, AARP awarded 88 grants through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing every state. In Arkansas, the winner was Sources for Community Independent Living Services of Fayetteville which provides services, support, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. Sources is also focused on lifelong housing options and accessible design for Arkansans of every age and ability.
The application deadline for 2018 AARP Community Challenge grants is 5 p.m. ET, May 16, 2018. All projects must be completed by November 5, 2018.
For more information or to apply, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.