AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2019

Posted on 02/20/19 by Juanita Jiménez-Soto

Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET

We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action
can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that
build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents.

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. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.

The program will accept applications for projects in the following categories for 2019:

Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” This new category in 2019 will encourage communities to develop and implement innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding, and using data to increase quality of life for all. The intention with this new category is to encourage applicants to demonstrate new ways to engage in decision-making about housing, transportation, economic development, placemaking, infrastructure, or other community aspect.
Deliver a range of transportation and connectivity options through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
Create vibrant public places through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities
Support the availability of a range of housing through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options
Other innovative approaches to improving the community

“We’ve seen tangible results here in Texas from the AARP Community Challenge grant program,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson. “There are tremendous opportunities to make our communities even better and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply.”

In 2018, the AARP Community Challenge funded 129 projects nationwide, including right here in Texas:
Dallas: buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
The grant will enable the installation of enhancements to public walkways, such as increased pedestrian accessibility for people with mobility impairments.
Elsa: City of Elsa Economic Development Corporation
The grant will be used to install four bus shelters along a one-mile stretch of State Highway 107, increasing the availability of local public transit options.

The application deadline for 2019 AARP Community Challenge grants is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET. All projects must be completed by Monday, November 4, 2019.

For more information or to apply, visit

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