Application Deadline is April 1, 2020
Wilmington,DE — AARP has opened applications for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its fourth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand, or tens of thousands for larger projects.
“We are thrilled to bring this grant opportunity back to Delaware in 2020 and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply,” said Kimberly Iapalucci Wharton, Communications Director for AARP Delaware. “We’ve seen tangible results from the AARP Community Challenge grant program supporting communities in Delaware as they make quick changes and inspire long-term progress.”
The AARP Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
· Increase civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects.
New in 2020, this category is intended to bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of community inclusion and diversity;
· 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 quality of life for all.
· Other innovative projects to improve the community.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through the AARP Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge to see some of the 2019 winners in action.
The 2020 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 1, 2020, and all projects must be completed by November 9, 2020. To submit an application or learn more, visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.
AARP Delaware works with organizations statewide to make the First State more livable for people age 50 and over, and their families. Since its inception in 2015, Challenge Grant recipients in Delaware have included the City of Dover, Claymont Community Center, Y Innovations, and Wilmington Alliance.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.