Grant Selection Process
Grant recipients will be selected by an AARP panel of experts on aging, community development and livable communities. Projects will be judged on the degree to which their goals make an immediate change that leads to longer-term impact in a manner that meets all other selection criteria.
Threshold Criteria (must meet the following criteria to be considered):
- All items in the grant application have been addressed (or noted if not applicable)
- The grant is NOT used for partisan, political or election related activities, or property acquisition
- The grant is NOT used to promote a for-profit or its products and/or services
- The grant is for one of the uses in the Project Details section of the application
- Impact (65 points): The project addresses a clear need that brings positive change and demonstrates the ability to overcome barriers and accelerate, grow and/or sustain the community’s efforts to become more livable for all (especially people 50+), and/or focuses on diversity and inclusion.
- Execution (25 points): Applicants demonstrate capacity to deliver the AARP Community Challenge project on time and within the awarded budget, effectively engage residents and key stakeholders, and leverage volunteers (especially 50+ volunteers) in the execution.
- Innovation (10 points): The project demonstrates creativity or unique design or engagement elements which will contribute to its impact.
In addition to the criteria provided, AARP will also evaluate each project based on its consistency with the AARP mission.
AARP reserves the right to make funding decisions based on other criteria, in addition to those described herein.