2024 AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. In 2024, the AARP Community Challenge accepts applications across three different grant opportunities. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria. 

  • Capacity-building microgrants are paired with additional resources, such as one-on-one coaching, webinars, cohort learning opportunities and more for improving walkability, bikeability and implementing safe, accessible home modifications.
  • Demonstration grants focus on improving digital connections to prepare and respond to disasters; reconnecting communities divided by infrastructure; and housing choice design competitions. 
  • Flagship grants support projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; civic engagement; community health and economic empowerment; and new this year community resilience; and digital connections.


  • January  10: Application window opens.
  • January 31Optional Q&A Webinar 2 p.m. (ET) / 11 a.m. (PT)
    Register here
  • March 6: Application deadline 5 p.m. (ET) / 2 p.m. (PT)
    Apply here
  • Mid-May: Applicants will be notified by email of their selection status.
  • June 12: Deadline for grantees to return their completed MOU (memorandum of understanding) and vendor forms.
  • June 26: Live public announcement of the selected grantees — and work on the projects begin!
  • December 15: All projects must be completed.
  • December 31: Deadline for after-action reports.

Applicants and others with questions can look at the Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].

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