AARP Community Challenge Grants

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. 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
Funding Entity: 

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.

Application Due Date: 
Due 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Implementing Sector
Implementing Sector: 
AARP, Inc. (American Association of Retired Persons)
Additional Eligibility Information: 
Other types of organizations, considered on a case-by-case basis