ALEXANDRIA, VA – AARP announced today that the application period for the 2022 AARP Community Grant Challenge is open to governments and nonprofits throughout Virginia. The program is designed to help communities meet their needs in a variety of ways. It assists with improving living spaces, public transportation, and much more. Perhaps most important is that grant funds can help with covid-19 recovery.
The Community Challenge specifically apply 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. Grant amounts range from several hundred dollars to thousands, depending on a winner’s needs.
“AARP Virginia is excited to kick-off the Community Challenge again in 2022 to continue helping communities across Virginia become great places for people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages, especially people 50-plus,” said AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau. “The program has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements right where Virginians live.”
AARP will prioritize proposals that are inclusive, address disparities, directly engage volunteers, support residents age 50 and older, and aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
1) Support communities’ efforts to build engagement and leverage funding available under new federal programs through laws like the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more.
2) Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
3) Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walking and biking access, transportation options, and roadway improvements.
4) Support a range of housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices.
5) Ensure a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
6) 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.
7) Other community improvements; including health services, community development, and coronavirus pandemic recovery.
The application deadline is March 22 at 5 p.m. All projects awarded a grant must be complete by Nov. 30, 2022. To submit, click HERE.