RALEIGH – AARP is accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities.
The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone.
The Community Challenge is open to 501c3, 501c4 and 501c6 nonprofits and government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Projects may range in scale from small, short-term activities costing hundreds of dollars to larger projects with budgets of a few thousand dollars.
The program will accept applications in the following categories for 2018:
• Delivering a range of transportation and connectivity options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
• Creating vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities.
• Supporting the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
• Other innovative projects to improve the community.
“The AARP Community Challenge Program is aimed at catalyzing change and improving the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide,” said AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson. “There are tremendous opportunities for positive change in communities across North Carolina and we encourage eligible entities to apply for these quick-action grants to make their communities more livable for all.”
In 2017, AARP awarded 88 grants through the Community Challenge to nonprofits and government entities representing every state.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. May 16 and all projects must be completed by Nov. 5. Submit them through www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.