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Apply Now for AARP WI Community Challenge Grants

Community Grant Challenge

We are inviting local eligible non-profit organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2024 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 6.

AARP Community Challenge grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places, transportation, housing, digital connections, and more. Now in its eighth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.

We at AARP Wisconsin are committed to working with local residents, advocates, and policymakers to make our communities better places to live for people of all ages. The Community Challenge has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-term change, especially for Wisconsinites ages 50 and over.

The AARP Community Challenge accepts applications across three different grant opportunities. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria.

· Capacity-building microgrants are paired with additional resources, such as one-on-one coaching, webinars, cohort learning opportunities and more for improving walkability, bikeability and implementing safe, accessible home modifications.

· Demonstration grants focus on improving digital connections to prepare and respond to disasters; reconnecting communities divided by infrastructure; and housing choice design competitions.

· Flagship grants support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; civic engagement; community health and economic empowerment; and new this year community resilience; and digital connections.

Since 2017, AARP has invested $16.4 million toward 1,370 projects, nonprofit organizations, and government entities through the Community Challenge. The program provides direct support to all community types, including rural, suburban, and urban communities with a special focus on the needs of those 50 and older.

AARP Wisconsin works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together and providing resources and expertise to help make Wisconsin’s counties, towns, and cities great places to live for people of all ages.

The Community Challenge is open to eligible nonprofit organizations and government entities. Other types of organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to tens of thousands for larger projects.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. Central Time on March 6. All projects must be completed by Dec. 15, 2024. To submit an application and view past grantees, visit

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