AARP Washington collaborates with communities across the state, bringing people together, and providing resources and expertise to help make Washington’s counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages. Past projects include the installation of community hot spots in the City of College Place to help those who lack reliable internet at home and the creation of an "Elder-Friendly Business" program in Puyallup.
AARP Washington invites local eligible organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 15 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, and more. Now in its seventh 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 aged 50 and older. “AARP Washington is committed to helping communities across the state become great places to live for people of all ages with an emphasis on people age 50 and older,” said AARP Washington Outreach Director Amanda Frame. “The Community Challenge has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements enhancing Washingtonians’ quality of life.”
Previous Community Challenge grants have led to impressive results with nearly half of the grantees leveraging their projects into additional funding support from private and public sector partners and eight in ten overcoming barriers and advancing change.
In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older, along with other eligibility criteria. AARP will prioritize proposals that are inclusive, address disparities, and directly engage volunteers aged 50 and older.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than $12.7 million to over 1,060 projects – including 19 in Washington – through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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.
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 5:00 p.m. Eastern, March 15, 2023. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2023. To submit an application and view past grantees, visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
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