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 in support of residents of all ages.
Since the program's debut in 2017, AARP has awarded more than $6 million through 560 grants.
- In 2017, for the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, AARP received nearly 1,200 applications and distributed nearly $780,000 among 88 winning grantees.
- In 2018, for the second challenge, AARP received almost 1,600 applications and distributed $1.3 million to fund 129 projects.
- In 2019, the grant program distributed nearly $1.6 million among 159 grant winners developing “quick-action” projects across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each project helped communities make immediate improvements while jumpstarting long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
- In 2020, the AARP Community Challenge distributed more than $2.4 million among 184 grant winners (including two-dozen projects specific to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic).
“AARP’s teams on the ground across the country hear from mayors, local leaders and residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge grant program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer.
The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative, which helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. As part of this effort, AARP staff and volunteers engage and mobilize residents, delivering technical assistance and expertise to local leaders and organizations, and supporting the work of the communities and states that have enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.