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AARP’s Community Challenge Grants

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications! This initiative provides micro-grants to community organizations with great “quick-action” projects that will help make their communities better places to live for people of all ages.

Last year, AARP launched the first Community Challenge and funded 88 efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Those projects improved housing, public spaces and transportation. The Community Challenge grant program is an important part of AARP’s work to promote livable communities, in which they support the efforts of neighbourhoods, towns, cities and counties across the United States to become great places for people of all ages.  The program is open to nonprofit community organizations and government entities;  other types of organizations will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, they will be focusing on projects contributing to one or more of these outcomes: 

  • delivering a range of transportation and mobility options through permanent or temporary solutions to increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and access to public and private transit,
  • creating vibrant public places through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities,
  • supporting the availability of a range of housing through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options, and
  • other innovative projects to improve the community.

Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET, 16 May, 2018. All applications must be submitted through, and all projects must be completed by 5 November, 2018.  

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the grant program managers Ms Laura Bos ( and Mr Mike Watson (

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