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AARP Community Challenge 2018

129 applicants receive "quick-action" grants to make communities more livable for people of all ages

"AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local 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." 

— Nancy LeaMond
    AARP Executive Vice President, Community, State and National Affairs

AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Learn which proposals made the cut:

2018 AARP Community Challenge GRANT WINNERS   


AARP staff and volunteers are working across the country, engaging and mobilizing community 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 CommunitiesThe 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. 

2018 TIMELINE (the grant application period is now closed)

  • March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge 
  • May 16: Applications due
  • June 25: Winning applicants notified by email on or around this date
  • July 18: Winning grantees announced to the public (see the link, above)
  • November 5: All projects must be completed 
  • December 3: After Action Reports due

    Learn more about the AARP Community Challenge 
    Questions? Please email

Past Challenges

2017 AARP Livable Communities Challenge

Several of the completed projects appear in the third-edition of Where We Live, a free AARP publication featuring 100+ inspiring livability examples from America's local leaders. 

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