HARRISBURG, Pa., February 18, 2021
The program funds quick projects; The application deadline is April 14, 2021
HARRISBURG, Pa., February 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – AARP Pennsylvania invites community organizations and local governments across the state to apply for the 2021 Community Challenge Funding Program April 14th. Grants fund quick projects that can range from hundreds of dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand or ten thousand for larger projects. The scholarship program, which is running for the fifth time, is part of the nationwide AARP for Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great living spaces for people of all ages.
"We are very pleased to be able to use this scholarship opportunity again Pennsylvania in 2021 and we encourage all eligible organizations to apply, "said AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh. "We have seen great results from the Community Challenge funding program in different communities Pennsylvaniaand this year we are stepping up our support for projects that focus on diversity and inclusion and help local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. "
Since 2017, AARP has awarded 560 scholarships – 15 of them in Pennsylvania – through the Community Challenge to nonprofits and government agencies in all 50 states that District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The program provides direct support to all types of churches. Almost 40% of previous projects benefit rural communities, 20% go to suburbs and 40% improve urban areas. Approved projects have shown that they can help attract additional funding or support from public and private donors, encourage replication and overcome local policy barriers, and generate greater general awareness and engagement.
AARP will prioritize projects that deliver inclusive solutions that meet the needs of different population groups, as well as projects that involve volunteers directly through permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
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Create vibrant public spaces that enhance open spaces, parks, and access to other amenities.
Offer a range of transportation and mobility options that improve connectivity, walkability, bike drivability, route finding, access to transportation options and road improvement.
Support a range of housing options that increase the availability of accessible and affordable options.
Increase civic engagement and demonstrate the tangible value of "Smart Cities" with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and promote a greater sense of inclusion.
Supporting local recovery from the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on economic development, improvement of public spaces and transportation services.
Make sure you focus on diversity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community.
Other community improvements. In addition, AARP would like to learn more about local needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.
The Community Challenge is open to nonprofits and government agencies as defined in 501 (c) (3), 501 (c) (4) and 501 (c) (6). Other types of organizations will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
The application deadline is 8:00 pm. ET, April 14, 2021, and all projects must be completed by November 10, 2021. Visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge to submit an application and view previous fellows.
Johnston-Walsh said that in addition to supporting the Community Challenge Funding Program, AARP Pennsylvania continues to work to improve community viability by focusing on safe transportation, affordable housing, and improving accessibility to public and green spaces .
"Working with community partners across the state, AARP brings Pennsylvania people together and provides resources and expertise to help make our cities and counties great places to live, work and play for residents of all ages," he said.
CONTACT: Steve Gardner, AARP PA
(717) 319-5484 or Sgardner@aarp.org
Jacklyn Isasi, AARP PA
(609) 902-6242 or Jisasi@aarp.org
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SOURCE AARP Pennsylvania