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And the Winners Are ...

244 quick-action projects will help make communities more livable for people of all ages. 
Check out the 2021 AARP Community Challenge grantees! »

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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

Community Challenge Stats and Facts

A by-the-numbers look at what the grant program has achieved


Public Places

Visit gathering spots and outdoor spaces from throughout the nation that were created or improved by AARP Community Challenge funds


Several challenge projects have been used to demonstrate or explore creative housing solutions that are accessible, affordable and age-friendly


See projects that help people travel safely within their communities and beyond by walking, cycling, using public transit and more

Other Categories

Grants fund a range of innovative community improvements, including projects that support civic engagement and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts


2020 Grantees

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

2019 Grantees

Check out the list of 159 winning AARP Community Challenge grantees

2018 Grantees

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

2017 Grantees

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

A Photo Album

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

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