AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program Now Accepting 2022 Applications

Posted on 08/11/22

AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Application
AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Request for Proposal

AARP Connecticut invites community organizations and municipalities across the state to apply for the 2022 Livable Communities Grant Program, a local extension of the national AARP Community Challenge Grant initiative. Now in its fifth year, the grant program dedicated to funding “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities, aims to help the state’s neighborhoods, towns and cities be great places to live for people of all ages. The application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5pm.

“The Livable Communities Grant Program is a great opportunity for communities to complete small projects that have a big impact,” said Nora Duncan, State Director of AARP Connecticut. “We hope that the grant will inspire communities to think creatively about how to become more livable for older adults and people of all ages.”

The AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program is open to incorporated organizations that are 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofits and Connecticut municipalities who seek to make improvements in their neighborhood or community in Connecticut.

Grants can range from small, short-term activities to larger, permanent solutions, but the maximum amount of any single grant will be $5,000. All applications should be for a project of $5,000 or less. Grant funds cannot be used to supplement staff salaries or contribute to ongoing operating expenses. AARP Connecticut has funded 22 projects in the first four years of the Livable Communities Grant Program (six in 2021, five in 2020, seven in 2019 and four in 2018).

AARP CT will evaluate grant requests from nonprofit organizations and municipalities that focus on any of the following areas:

  • Affordable and accessible housing options for older residents  
  • Delivery of services to help residents age 50+ age in the setting of their choice
  • Creating safe and enjoyable public spaces for all ages with a focus on the 50+ (bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements, improving public parks, public art, safe street crossings, navigation, etc.)
  • Public Transportation
  • Fostering intergenerational and multi-cultural connection
  • Financial security for low-income residents 50+ 
  • Socialization and fostering community connection for older residents
  • Education and awareness about LGBTQ elders
  • Community accessibility for disabled residents

Comprehensive details about the program and applications can be found on www.aarp.org/ct. All proposals must be submitted to CTLivable@aarp.org by 5 p.m. ET, September 7, 2022, and all projects must be completed within 12 months from the day grant funding is received. Each section of the application must be completed with all pertinent information. Please email questions to CTLivable@aarp.org.

While AARP Connecticut’s Livable Communities Grant Program is only open to Connecticut towns and nonprofits, AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative funds projects in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. AARP announced in June that it will fund 260 projects across the country in 2022, including three in Connecticut, as part of its sixth annual AARP Community Challenge grant program. More than one thousand projects have been funded since grant program began in 2017.

AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative also provides resources and publications to encourage local action such as the Roadmap to Livability and the AARP book-series Where We Live: Communities for All Ages. To learn more about AARP’s livable communities work in communities across the country please visit  www.aarp.org/livable.

This story is provided by AARP Connecticut. Visit the AARP Connecticut page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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