We know it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. 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 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. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.
The program will accept applications for projects in the following categories for 2019:
- Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” This new category in 2019 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 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 connectivity options through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
- Create vibrant public places through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities
- Support 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
In 2018, the AARP Community Challenge funded 129 projects nationwide, including right here in New Hampshire. Last year’s winning grant proposal went to Manchester Connects whose project created a riverside gathering space in Manchester’s Arms Park through installation of tables, planters and more – thereby connecting the area to walkable and bikeable pathways.
The application deadline for 2019 AARP Community Challenge grants is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET. All projects must be completed by Monday, November 4, 2019.
For more information or to apply, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.