AARP Ohio accepting 2023 Community Challenge Grant program … – The Daily Times

Jan 28, 2023
COLUMBUS — AARP Ohio invites local eligible organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant program, which is under way through March 15 at 5 p.m.
Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion and more. Now in its seventh year, the 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 for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.
“AARP Ohio is committed to helping communities across the state become great places to live for people of all ages with an emphasis on people age 50 and older,” said Holly Holtzen, state director of AARP Ohio. “The Community Challenge has proven that quick-action projects can lead to long-lasting improvements enhancing Ohioans’ quality of life.”
Previous Community Challenge grants have led to impressive results with nearly half of grantees leveraging their projects into additional funding support from private and public sector partners and eight in 10 overcoming barriers and advancing change.
In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three grant opportunities, two of which are new this year.
All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria. AARP will prioritize proposals that are inclusive, address disparities and directly engage volunteers age 50 and older.
New this year, the program will provide capacity-building microgrants paired with additional resources, such as one-on-one coaching, webinars, cohort learning opportunities and more for improving walkability and starting or expanding a community garden.
Also new this year, the Community Challenge will offer demonstration grants. A portion will be focused on transportation improvements with funding support provided by Toyota Motor North America. Another portion of demonstration grants will focus on promoting greater awareness of the benefits of accessory dwelling units as a housing solution
AARP will offer grants under a flagship opportunity to support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital connections; community health and economic empowerment; and new this year community resilience; and civic engagement.
Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than $12.7 million to more than 1,060 projects — including more than $412,000 to 29 projects in Ohio — through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
All projects must be completed by Nov. 30.
To submit an application and view past grantees, visit
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