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Now in its seventh year, the AARP Community Challenge Grant Program is part of AARP’s nationwide
initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.
“AARP Rhode Island is committed to helping communities across the state become great places to live for people of all ages with an emphasis on people age 50 and older,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Catherine Taylor. “The Community Challenge has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements enhancing Rhode Islanders’ quality of life.”
Previous Community Challenge grants have led to impressive results with nearly half of grantees leveraging their projects into additional funding support from private and public sector partners and eight in ten overcoming barriers and advancing change.
In 2022, AARP Rhode Island funded projects in Providence, Central Falls and Woonsocket.
In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepted applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria. AARP will prioritize proposals that are inclusive, address disparities, and directly engage volunteers age 50 and older.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than $12.7 million to over 1,060 projects – including $215,000 in funding for 16 projects in Rhode Island communities – 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, including rural, suburban and urban communities with a special focus on the needs of those 50 and older.
The Community Challenge is open to eligible nonprofit organizations and government entities. Other types of organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to tens of thousands for larger projects.
AARP Rhode Island works in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together, and providing resources and expertise to help make the Ocean States towns and cities great places to live for people of all ages.
This story is provided by AARP Rhode Island. Visit the AARP Rhode Island page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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