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 5 pm ET
- June 25: Winning applicants will be notified by email by this date
- November 5: All projects must be completed
- December 3: After Action Reports due
Grant applications must be submitted online by using the link below.
However, we recommend that you first watch this short video, read all of the information noted below and download the following PDF attachments, especially the application questionnaire, which is provided so you can prepare your answers offline and then copy and paste your text into our web-based application.
- About the AARP Community Challenge
- AARP Community Challenge Flyer
- Sample Application Questionnaire
- Sample Application Language
- Sample After Action Report for Winning Grantees
- Inspiring Examples From 2017 (online article)
When you're ready to complete the online application Apply Here
Questions can be emailed to CommunityChallenge@AARP.org
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
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
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.