AARP has opened its Community Challenge grant program for the 8th year! This program funds quick-action projects to make communities more livable and jump-start long-term change.

Applications are being accepted now through March 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET and must be submitted through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge. Projects must be completed by December 15, 2024. The program is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.

In 2024, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications for projects that benefit residents (especially those age 50 and older) across three different grant opportunities:

Ø  Flagship Grants: This is AARP’s flagship Community Challenge grant program where grants have ranged from several hundred dollars for smaller, short-term activities to tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects. These grants will support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; digital connections; community resilience; and community health and economic empowerment.

Ø  Capacity-Building Microgrants: These $2,500 grants are combined with additional valuable resources, such as webinars, cohort learning opportunities, up to two hours of one-on-one coaching, and AARP publications. This grant opportunity will accept applications for projects that support Walk Audits, Bike Audits and HomeFit® Modifications.

Ø  Demonstration Grants: Supporting demonstration efforts that encourage replication of promising local efforts, this grant opportunity will accept applications for digital connectivity to prepare for and respond to disaster; equitable engagement to reconnect communities; and housing choice design competitions.

Since 2017, AARP has invested $16.4 million through 1,370 grants to organizations in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Past projects have demonstrated an ability to help grantees garner additional funds or support from public and private funders, encourage replication and overcome local policy barriers and receive greater overall awareness and engagement

Learn more about the program on Wednesday, January 31, 2:00 p.m. ET on the Community Challenge Public Q&A Webinar. Register now at https://events.aarp.org/2024ChallengeWebinar

Please visit https://www.aarp.org/communitychallenge for more information and to see some of the past grantees in action – helping to revitalize alleyways, create vibrant public spaces, design safer crosswalks and much more! Feel free to ask me any questions, or you can email communitychallenge@aarp.org.