AARP Idaho is inviting community organizations and local governments across the state to apply for the 2021 Community Challenge grant program, now through April 14. Grants fund quick-action projects that can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand or tens of thousands for larger projects. Now in its fifth year, the grant 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 people of all ages.
“We are thrilled to bring this grant opportunity back to Idaho in 2021 and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply,” said Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director. “We’ve seen great results from the Community Challenge grant program in communities across the Gem State, and this year we are increasing our support for projects that focus on diversity and inclusion and aid in local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”
AARP will prioritize projects that deliver inclusive solutions that meet the needs of diverse populations, as well as those that directly engage volunteers through permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The application deadline is 6:00 p.m. MT, April 14, 2021, and all projects must be completed by November 10, 2021. To submit an application and view past grantees, visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
AARP Idaho works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together, and providing resources and expertise to help make Idaho counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages. Over the past few years grant recipients include City of Kuna, City of Driggs, Valley of the Tetons Library in Victor, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance in Boise , Kaniksu Land Trust in Sandpoint, Destination Caldwell, Carrot Ridge Volunteer Fire District in Kamiah and Neighborhood works in Pocatello.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded 560 grants 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, with nearly 40% of past projects benefitting rural communities, 20% going to suburban locations and 40% improving urban places. Granted projects have demonstrated an ability to help garner additional funds or support from public and private funders, encourage replication and overcome local policy barriers, and receive greater overall awareness and engagement.
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