AARP wants to help pay for community projects

AARP Washington is inviting local organizations and governments to apply for a 2023 AARP Community Challenge by the application deadline of March 15

The grant program provides funds for quick-action projects that help communities improve public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Now in its seventh year, the program supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become more livable, especially for people 50 and older.

Grant applications and information are available at

Since 2017, more than $12 million has been awarded for 1,060 projects to non-profit organizations and government entities nationwide, AARP officials said. Nineteen of the projects were in Washington, one of them being an elder-focused business program in Puyallup.

This year, applicants must have projects that can be completed by Nov. 30.