AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone.
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 in the following categories for 2019:
“There are tremendous opportunities for positive change in communities across Oklahoma and we encourage eligible entities to apply for these quick-action grants to make their communities more livable for all,” said Sean Voskuhl, AARP Oklahoma State Director.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded 217 grants through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing every state and U.S. territories. Please visit http://bit.ly/2018ChallengeWinners to see some of the 2018 winners in action, helping to revitalize alleyways, build dog parks, enliven underutilized public spaces and improve unsafe intersections. AARP Oklahoma works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together and providing resources and expertise to help make Oklahoma’s counties, towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages.
In 2018, the Community Challenge Grant funding allowed the City of Vinita to complete an innovative revitalization project to improve the safety and walkability of the historic Route 66 Main Street area. The City of Vinita was able to repurpose an alley, eliminate vehicle traffic and create safe walk and bike pathways in a high traffic area. The installation of permanent ADA-compliant benches and tables offer a comfortable resting place and invite greater community engagement through outside dining for nearby eateries on Main Street and during community events. Lighting and public art will be installed to create a safe and inviting ambiance for all ages.
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and all projects must be completed by Monday, November 4, 2019. Applications must be submitted through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
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