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Capacity Building Microgrant
(Walkability & Gardens)


Funding Amount


Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Application deadline was March 15th, 2023. Unknown when application will re-open


Walkability: Implement a walk audit to assess and enhance the safety and walkability of a street or neighborhood with support from America Walks, using the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

Community Gardens: Start or enhance a community garden with support from 880 Cities, using the new AARP publication Creating Community Gardens for People of All Ages

Who Can Apply

The program is open to the following types of organizations: 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits (Nonprofit organizations must be recognized by the IRS in order to receive funds.); Government entities; Other types of organizations considered on a case-by-case basis. (Funds will not be provided to any for-profit company, nor individuals. However, AARP does allow for IRS recognized 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) tax-exempt non-profit organizations or government entities to serve as fiscal sponsors of grants)

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Project Type:
AARP Community Challenge grants may be used to support three project types. Project types described below will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events

- Permanent physical improvements in the community
- Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
- New, innovative programming pilots or services



Additional Information

Questions? Please email

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