AARP offers Community Challenge grants

  • A grant from the AARP helped support a bikeshare program in Kailua-Kona.

AARP has opened applications for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its fourth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities.

Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand, or tens of thousands for larger projects.


“We are thrilled to bring this grant opportunity back to Hawaii in 2020 and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply,” said Keali‘i Lopez, AARP Hawaii state director. “We’ve seen tangible results from the AARP Community Challenge grant program supporting communities in Hawaii as they make quick changes and inspire long-term progress.”

In 2019, AARP’s Community Challenge Grants supported a Kona bikeshare community health program with West Hawaii Community Health Center and People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, among other projects statewide.

The AARP Community Challenge is open to nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes: increase civic engagement with innovative and tangible projects; create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities; deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements; support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options; demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data, and participating in decision-making to increase quality of life for all; and other innovative projects to improve the community.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through the AARP Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities. Visit to see some of the 2019 winners in action.


The 2020 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (ET) on April 1, and all projects must be completed by Nov. 9, 2020.

To submit an application or learn more, visit

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