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The 2024 AARP Community Challenge Is On!

Click on the image to learn about this year's opportunities and how to apply!

 

Check out the lists of past grantees — including the Union City, Georgia, grantee pictured here.

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MORE ABOUT THE 2024 CHALLENGE

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AN INTRODUCTION

About the AARP Community Challenge

Our annual challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change

The Lists

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

Photo Albums

The achievements rack up as grantees implement their quick-action projects. See what's been achieved!

Community Challenge Stats and Facts

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

VIDEOS BY SUBJECT

Public Places

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

Housing

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

Transportation

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

Other Categories

Grants funding a range of innovative solutions, including projects supporting civic engagement and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts

THE GRANTEES BY YEAR

2023 Grantees

In its seventh year, the AARP Community Challenge is investing in 310 projects across three funding opportunities: Flagship Grants, Demonstration Grants and Capacity-Building Microgrants

2022 Grantees

In its sixth year, the AARP Community Challenge funded 260 grants. The Bainbridge Senior Center in Washington (pictured) initiated new transportation routes for the community

2021 Grantees

With the AARP Community Challenge celebrating its fifth year, 244 projects received funding. The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail project (above) engaged humans and llamas to install the benches


2020 Grantees

Year four funded 184 projects — including an inspiring bike lane (shown) in Houston, Texas, and help for communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

2019 Grantees

In the third year, the AARP Community Challenge funded 159 grantee projects

2018 Grantees

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

2017 Grantees

The AARP Community Challenge's first year funded 88 projects, including the tree-planting program in Jersey City, New Jersey, seen here

AARP Livable Communities A-Z Archive