AARP Ohio Accepting 2022 Community Challenge Grant Applications – WKTN

Annual program aims to make local Ohio communities more livable

COLUMBUS, Ohio—AARP Ohio invites local organizations and governments statewide to apply for the 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program, through March 22, 2022.

Grants fund rapid action projects that help communities become more liveable over the long term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and Moreover. Now in its sixth year, the grant program is part of AARP’s national Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become better places to live.

“AARP Ohio is excited to relaunch the Community Challenge in 2022 to continue helping Ohio communities become great places for people of all backgrounds, abilities, and ages, especially those over 50.” , said Holly Holtzen, state director of AARP. “The program has proven that early action projects can lead to lasting improvements where Ohioans live.

AARP will prioritize inclusive proposals, address disparities, directly engage volunteers, support residents age 50 and older, and aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

Support community efforts to build engagement and take advantage of funding available through new federal programs through laws such as the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more.
Create vibrant public places that enhance open spaces, parks, and access to other amenities.
Provide a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walking, cycling, wayfinding, access to transportation options, and road improvements.
Support a range of housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices.
Emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
Increase civic engagement with innovative, hands-on projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.
Other community improvements; including health services, community development and coronavirus pandemic recovery.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded more than 800 grants – including 24 in Ohio – through the Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The program provides direct support to all types of communities, including rural, suburban and urban communities. Previous projects have enabled long-term progress by securing additional support from public and private funders, encouraging similar improvements throughout the community, advancing local policy and generating engagement among residents. and local leaders to advocate for change.

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 of dollars 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:

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