AARP opens applications for Community Challenge grants

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/08/2020 02:00 PM
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AARP has opened its application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant applications. The grants are opportunities for community organizations to apply for “quick-action” funding. COURTESY
OKLAHOMA CITY – The AARP has opened its application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant applications.

According to an AARP press release, the grants are opportunities for community organizations to apply for “quick-action” funding.

“We all know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain,” Mashell Sourjohn, AARP Oklahoma associate director of community outreach, stated in the release. “But we also believe that quick actions can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge in 2017 to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to help improve livability for all local residents.”

The program is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis, the release states.

Applications for the community grants will be accepted until 10:59 p.m. CST on April 1. All applications must be submitted through www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge, and all projects must be completed by Nov. 9.

According to the release, AARP will focus on the following categories:

• 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;

• Creating vibrant public places through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities;

• Delivering a range of transportation and connectivity options through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walking, biking, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements;

• Supporting the availability of a range of housing through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options;

• Demonstrating the tangible value of “Smart Cities” by developing and implementing innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data, and participating in decision-making to increase quality of life for all; and

• Other innovative projects to improve the community.

According to the release, since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through the AARP Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing every state; Washington, D.C; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Oklahoma, AARP has funded projects in Vinita, Shawnee, Elk City, McAlester and the Delaware Nation.

More information is available at www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge or email communitychallenge@aarp.org.

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