AARP Community Challenge open to ID project ideas
Monday, February 12, 2024
A program to fund ideas for improving communities is now open to applications.
The AARP Community Challenge grant program is accepting applications until March 6 for projects which can be enacted quickly to make cities more livable for people of all ages.
Marie Bonaminio, a volunteer for AARP Idaho, helps select projects in the state. She said the grants are especially helpful for small communities lacking the resources of bigger cities.
"They might think about it but they just know they don't have the dollars," Bonaminio observed. "It's been exciting sometimes to see how they may not ask for anything more than a few thousand dollars, and that will make their project become real."
Since its start in 2017, the program has invested $16.4 million in more than 1,300 projects nationwide, including 26 in Idaho. The program is open to local nonprofits and governments.
Selected projects must be completed by Dec. 15. Bonaminio noted one aspect they consider during the selection process is the feasibility for finishing it quickly.
"That's what we really want to see," Bonaminio stressed. "Giving them that jump-start to get something accomplished that's going to be there long term."
Applicants can apply in three different grant areas, including capacity-building microgrants, demonstration grants and flagships grants, which allow for the most creativity and flexibility.
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