The 2019 AARP Community Grant Challenge Program is now accepting applications.
Now in its third year, the grant program seeks to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative.
This year, the program will accept applications in the following categories:
- Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” a new category for 2019, it encourages communities to develop innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life for everyone.
- Deliver a range of transportation and connectivity options seeks to find permanent or temporary solutions in the community that increase walkability, bikeability, access to transportation options and road improvements.
- Create vibrant public places seek solutions to create permanent or temporary solutions for communities to improve parks, create open spaces and improved access to amenities.
- Support availability for a range of housing seek solutions that increase accessibility and affordable housing options.
- Other innovative projects to improve the community.
The grant challenge is open to all 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit and government agencies. Other organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For a full list of acceptable projects and eligibility requirements click here.
“We’ve seen tangible results here in Connecticut from the AARP Community Challenge grant program which has also led to the development of the local Livable Communities Grant Program,” said Tia Murphy, AARP Connecticut state president. “There are tremendous opportunities in communities across Connecticut to bring people together, and provide resources and expertise that will make our towns and cities great places to live for residents of all ages.”
Application deadline is April, 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET. All projects must be completed by Nov. 4, 2019. All applications must be submitted through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.