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April 17 Deadline: AARP Community Challenge Grants

Posted on 04/04/19 by Christina Clem, AARP Washington

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 the 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 aspects.
  • 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 Washington from the AARP Community Challenge grant program,” said Outreach Director Amanda Frame. “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 Washington, where Seattle Neighborhood Greenways used their grant for a Home Zone project, which reclaims residential streets without sidewalks to make it safer for residents while reducing cut-through traffic and speeding.

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 AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

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