AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that will make our communities great places to live for people of all ages. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative.
The program is open to 501(C) (3) and 501(C) (4) non-profits and government entities. Projects might range from a small, short-term activity that costs hundreds to a more sizable project requiring thousands of dollars.
Submissions should aim to change the community to make it more Age Friendly, walkable and engaging, such as:
- Improving a community’s built environment to benefit all ages and ability levels (and connect to the social environment). For example:
o Transforming vacant or underutilized public spaces
o Creating intergenerational playgrounds
o Installing traffic calming measures, like circles, street trees, crosswalk enhancements, etc.
o Pop-up projects to highlight positive changes that communities can make to roadways (temporary or permanent bike lanes, roundabouts, etc.) and expand transportation options
- Driving community engagement and interaction across diverse community residents (e.g., culture/art, local communication, public space/place-making, sports, education, well-being / healthy living, etc.) For example:
o Hosting activities to encourage healthy eating and exercise
o Holding Open Streets programs and festivals to encourage people to walk and bike through the community
o Leveraging Pop Up/tactical urbanism demonstrations to create parklets, etc.
AARP New York is working in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together and providing resources and expertise to help make New York’s counties, towns and cities great places to live for New Yorkers of all ages.
The application deadline is June 30, 2017, and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.