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2020 AARP Community Challenge

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for
Quick-Action Projects to Improve Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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AARP Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 11:59 PM (ET)

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for quick-action projects to improve local communities. Funding areas include transportation, public spaces, housing, smart cities, and other community elements. Applications are invited for projects that will help the community become more livable.

AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes:
- Increasing civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of community inclusion and diversity. (Although this category is targeted to local governments, nonprofit organizations can apply for and receive a grant in this category provided they demonstrate that they are working with local governments to solicit and include residents’ insights about the project or to help solve a pressing challenge.)
- 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 the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
- Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data, and participating in decision-making to increase the quality of life for all.
- Other community improvements: In addition to the five areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.

AARP Community Challenge grants can be used to support the following types of projects in the community. Proposed project types described below will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events:
- Permanent physical improvements in the community
- Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
- New, innovative programming or services

For more information see the URL for Full Text link below.

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 9, 2020.

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

Pre-Application Information:

May 15, 2020: Applications are due by11:59 pm (ET)
Week of July 6: Applicants will be notified of their status this week
Mid-August: The selected grantees will be announced to the public — and the project work can begin — on or around this date
December 18: All funded projects must be completed
January 31, 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://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//aarp_communitychallenge20

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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