AARP has opened applications for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its fourth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand, or tens of thousands for larger projects.
The AARP Community Challenge is open to 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. AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
· Increase civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects.
New in 2020, this category is intended to bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of community inclusion and diversity;
· 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 the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
· Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data, and participating in decision-making to increase quality of life for all.
· Other innovative projects to improve the community.
AARP Idaho works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together, and providing resources and expertise to help make Idaho counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages.
Last year more than $23,000 in grants was awarded to the City of Driggs, Valley of the Tetons Library in Victor, the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance in Boise and the Kaniksu Land Trust in Sandpoint for a variety of projects. Read more about the work in those communities here.
The 2020 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 1, 2020, and all projects must be completed by November 9, 2020. To submit an application or learn more, visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.