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 in 2017 to fund projects that build momentum to improve livability nationwide. We are excited to announce the program is back in 2023 for its seventh year and is currently accepting applications online through March 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The AARP Community Challenge’s focus on tangible projects, community engagement and its quick-action timeline helps selected grantees fast-track ideas and replicate promising practices. Previous projects have demonstrated an ability to garner additional funds or support from public and private funders, encourage innovation, overcome local policy barriers and receive greater overall awareness and engagement.
The grant program is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands for larger projects. In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year.
“We are thrilled to open the AARP Community Challenge grant program once again and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply,” said Teresa Holt, AARP Alaska state director. “Past grantees have made tangible improvements that spark long-term change in communities across Alaska.”
Since 2017, the AARP Community Challenge has funded over 1,060 projects nationwide, including 33 right here in Alaska. Our YouTube page features videos from some of our past grantees presenting their projects and plans (from 2021 and 2022).
The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places to live for people of all ages. We believe that communities should provide residents of all ages, (especially people 50 and older) with safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities to participate in community life.
The application deadline for the 2023 grant cycle is March 15, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Alaska time. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2023.
To submit an application and learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge both here in Alaska, as well as across the nation, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge.
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