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2021 AARP Community Challenge

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for
Projects to Improve Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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AARP Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 8:00 PM (ET)

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects to improve local communities. Funding areas include inclusion and diversity, housing, improving public spaces, transportation, Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery, civic engagement, and more.

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. 

AARP will prioritize projects that deliver inclusive solutions that meet the needs of diverse populations, as well as those that directly engage volunteers through permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcome areas:

  • Create vibrant Public Places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Deliver a range of Transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Support a range of Housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices
  • Increase Civic Engagement and demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion
  • Support local recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic with an emphasis on economic development, improvements to public spaces and transportation services
  • Ensure a focus on Diversity and Inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community
  • Other community improvements. In addition to these areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and innovative ideas for addressing them

Project Types:

  • Permanent physical improvements in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
  • New, innovative programming or services

These project types will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants can range from several hundred dollars for smaller short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by November 10, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program is open to:
- 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits
- Government entities
- Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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 for a nonprofit endeavor
- Research and development for a for-profit endeavor
- The promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services

Although communities that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/) are encouraged to apply, projects that benefit any community and satisfy all other criteria are eligible for consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- April 14, 2021: Applications are due by 8:00 pm (ET)
- June 2021: All applicants will be notified of their status by email
- July 14, 2021: MOU (memorandum of understanding) and vendor forms to be completed and returned by grantees
- July 28, 2021 (tentative): Public announcement of selected grantees — work on the projects may begin
- November 10, 2021: All funded projects must be completed
- December 8, 2021: Deadline for after-action reports

For more info about the program: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal: https://my.reviewr.com/s1/site/aarp_communitychallenge21

For questions, email communitychallenge@aarp.org

AARP Foundation:
601 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20049
Toll-free Nationwide: 1-800-775-6776
Toll-free TTY: 877-434-7598
giving@aarp.org
Livable@AARP.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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