AARP Vermont invites local organizations and governments across the state to apply for the 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 22, 2022. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, and more. Now in its sixth year, the grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live.
“AARP Vermont is excited to kick-off the Community Challenge again in 2022 to continue helping communities across Vermont become great places for people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages, especially people 50-plus,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. “The program has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements right where Vermonters live.”
AARP will prioritize proposals that support residents aged 50 and over, are inclusive, address disparities, directly engage volunteers and aim to achieve on or more of the following outcomes for all residents, especially peopled aged 50 and older.
- Support communities’ efforts to build engagement and leverage funding available under new federal programs.
- 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 a range of housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices.
- Ensure a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
- Increase civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.
- community improvements; including health services, community development, and coronavirus pandemic recovery.
The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to tens of thousands for larger projects.
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET, March 22, 2022. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2022. To submit an application and view past grantees, visit AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.