In a previous post, MHAC announced AARP’s grant program called “Community Challenge” to cities and towns looking to kick-start new age-friendly efforts or boost existing ones.
AARP recently announced that the June 30th deadline has been extended to July 15th to allow more time for applications to develop. All other dates on the timeline previously announced will remain the same in terms of grantees being notified and when projects are expected to be completed.
Projects are expected to fall into at least one of three categories:
- Improve a community’s built environment to benefit people of all ages and ability levels and connect to the social environment.
- Expand opportunities for all residents, such as through jobs, volunteerism, educational opportunities and training.
- Drive community engagement and interaction across diverse community residents via, for instance, efforts in the domains of culture and art, local communications, public spaces and placemaking, sports, education, well-being, healthy living, etc.
AARP has provided examples of projects that would fall under all the above categories here.