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ABOUT THE AARP COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress.
Since the program's debut in 2017, AARP has awarded $12.7 million through over 1,060 grants. Projects have been completed across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year:
Flagship Grants focus on improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital connections; community resilience; civic engagement; and community health and economic empowerment.
New in 2023, Capacity-Building Microgrants will include additional resources provided by leading nonprofit organizations. AARP will fund projects that improve walkability and community gardens.
Also new in 2023, through Demonstration Grants, AARP will fund projects that build capacity towards transportation systems change and build awareness of new housing options through accessory dwelling unit (ADU) design competitions.
Learn more about the three grant opportunities and much more by visiting AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
2023 CYCLE TIMELINE:
January 18: Application window opens
February 8: Public Q&A Webinar at 2 pm (ET) Click Here to Register
March 15: Applications due by 5 pm (ET)
Mid-May: All applicants will be notified of their status by email
June 28: Public announcement of the selected grantees — and work on projects begins!
November 30: All projects must be completed
December 31: Deadline for after-action reports