AARP Florida invites local eligible nonprofit organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2024 AARP Community Challenge grant program, which funds quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places, transportation, housing, digital connections, and more, according to the AARP website. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Now in its eighth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.
The Community Challenge accepts applications across these three different grant opportunities:
Capacity-building microgrants: Pair with additional resources, such as one-on-one coaching, webinars, cohort learning opportunities and efforts for improving pedestrian and bicycle accessibility and for implementing safe, accessible home modifications.
Demonstration grants: Focus on improving digital connections to prepare and respond to disasters; reconnecting communities divided by infrastructure; and housing choice design competitions.
Flagship grants: Support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; diversity; equity and inclusion; civic engagement; community health and economic empowerment; and new this year, community resilience; and digital connections.
Grants range from several hundred dollars for small short-term activities to tens of thousands of dollars for larger projects.
All projects must be consistent with the AARP mission to serve the needs of people age 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria. The application deadline is at 5 p.m., on March 6.
All projects must be completed by Dec. 15.
To submit an application and view past grantees, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
Published February 14, 2024