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AARP Community Challenge 2018

Quick-action" grants to make communities livable for people of all ages

AARP Community Challenge

We know it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. In 2017, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants.


  • March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge 
  • May 16: Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET
  • June 25: Winning applicants are notified by email on or around this date
  • July 18: Winning grantees will be announced to the public
  • November 5: All projects must be completed 
  • December 3: After Action Reports due

The grant application period is now closed.  

If you've completed the online application, you can revisit the  Application Website

Questions can be emailed to


The program is open to the following types of organizations:

  • 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits
  • Government entities
  • Other types of organizations, considered on a case-by-case basis

Acceptable Projects

For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or and access to public and private transit.

  • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.

  • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.

  • Other community improvements. We want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them.

Community Challenge grants can be used to support the following types of projects in the community. The proposed project types described below will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events:

  • Permanent physical improvement in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
  • New, innovative programming or services

The following projects are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Planning activities and assessments and surveys of communities
  • Studies with no follow-up action 
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
  • Sponsorships of other organizations' events or activities
  • Research and development
  • Promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services

Grant Amounts

If your idea is big, no project is too small! Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.

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