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The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages [video].

Who can apply? The AARP Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations may be considered on a case-by-case basis. AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and/or access to public and private transit.
  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. In addition to the three areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about communities’ needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and all projects must be completed by November 5, 2018. Applications must be submitted through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

Last year, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants to communities representing every state and the District of Columbia; Montpelier and Hyde Park were selected in Vermont. Click here to see some of the 2017 winners in action as they work to improve public spaces and community amenities, and increase housing and transportation options that benefit residents of all ages.

Questions? Please contact Kelly Stoddard Poor, Associate State Director of AARP Vermont, at 802-951-1313 or kstoddardpoor@aarp.org.