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Coming Soon! The 2021 AARP Community Challenge

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Click here or on the links below to locate and learn about past grantees. 



About the AARP Community Challenge

Our annual challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change

The Complete List

Look up all winning AARP Community Challenge grantees and projects by year or by state

Impact Stories

Articles and more about projects and programs funded with AARP Community Challenge grants

A Photo Album

See snapshots from several grantees to learn what a few (including Manning, Iowa, above) achieved


Winners List 2020

184 quick-action projects — including several to help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Winners List 2019

Check out the list of 159 winning AARP Community Challenge grantees

Winners List 2018

129 projects were funded, including an outdoor seating area (shown) in San Diego, California

Winners List 2017

88 quick-action projects were funded, including a tree-planting program in Jersey City, New Jersey (pictured)


Spotlight Videos

A look at transportation, housing and placemaking projects

Videos 2019

Grantee projects included planting a community garden in Anadarko, Oklahoma

Videos 2018

A funded project unrolled an accessible path for beachgoers in Saco, Maine

Videos 2017

Projects included adding outdoor tables for playing chess and checkers in Macon, Georgia

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