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Livable Communities

We know that it takes time to build great communities. But we also believe that tangible improvements can spark long-term change. AARP launched the Community Challenge grant program in 2017 to fund projects that build momentum to improve livability nationwide. We are excited to announce the program is back in 2024 for its eighth year and is currently accepting applications online through March 6, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT.
The AARP Community Challenge grants fund quick-turnaround projects that increase community livability and spur long-term progress. This year, Washington State groups won funding for a wide array of projects—from an ADU design competition to a free transit service for older adults.
AARP surveys consistently find that older adults want to remain in their current homes and communities for as long as possible. But our needs can change as we age, and most houses and apartments are designed for young, able-bodied adults and don’t meet the needs of older residents or people with disabilities.
It is no secret that we face a housing supply and affordability challenge in Washington. It is an oft-repeated story in the news, and we know that Washington residents want more choices in size and price.
The annual program aims to make Washington communities more livable for people of all ages
By Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington Advocacy Director
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle’s age-friendly initiative helped Emerald City residents remain connected by hosting more than 50 virtual events. Collectively, they were viewed more than 12,000 times.
The 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant has funded four projects in Washington this year, each aimed at making their communities more livable.
AARP Washington announced four organizations throughout the state will receive 2022 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity, and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.
Applications are currently being accepted through March 22, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET.
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