Apply for the AARP Community Challenge Grant
The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. In 2017, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants. These grants support actions that can spark longer-term progress. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.
Community Challenge grants can be used to create vibrant public places, physical improvement in the community or innovative programming or services. View last year's winning examples here.
The program is open to nonprofits, government entities, and other types of organizations, considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications must be submitted online by May 16 at 5 p.m. (ET).
The timeline is as follows:
- March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge
- May 16: Applications are due by 5 p.m. (ET)
- June 25: Winning applicants will be notified
- November 5: All projects must be completed
- December 3: After Action Reports due
Lots of resources and guides are available to walk you through the application process. Visit this website to learn more.
OCRA accepting Quick Impact Placebased Grant Applications
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has announced that the Quick Impact Placebased Grant Program (QuIP), a matching grant program designed to fund placemaking and transformational projects that spark community-wide conversations and creativity, is open for applications.
The project funding range is $2,500 to $5,000 and for every dollar in grant funds utilized, 50 cents must be matched, via cash or in-kind, by the applicant. Eligible applicants can include community or civic organizations, local units of government, or schools.
“Expensive, labor-intensive initiatives are not the only way to revitalize our rural cities and towns,” said Executive Director of OCRA, Jodi Golden. “QuIP is an opportunity for communities to be innovative and creative with ideas on how to transform a local gathering place or bring energy back into an underutilized community asset.”
Golden said that eligible projects should be transformational and have a positive impact for the community, and existing and underutilized assets should include a new or additional use. Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:
- alley activation;
- pocket parks;
- creative projects to showcase community identity;
- enhancement of existing or underutilized public assets into a new or usable space;
- interactive life-size games or public game sheds;
- transformation or decoration of vacant store fronts; and
- unique signage or identifiers, excluding standard electric signage or non-unique gateway signage.
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs encourages these projects to be unique to each community and locally inspired. Successful applications will demonstrate community collaboration, partnership capacity and meaningful community benefits.
An informational video will be released on Wednesday, April 25 that further explains the program and application process. Digital applications must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received after 4 p.m., or paper copies will not be accepted. For more information, visit in.gov/ocra/quipgrant.htm.