AARP Announces 2023 Community Grants

Belén Dumont


Granite State nonprofits and government entities looking to enhance their community impact may be eligible for AARP’s 2023 grants, the Purpose Prize Award and the Community Challenge Grant.  

The AARP Purpose Prize Award aims to support 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations in their community efforts. 

AARP will select five winners to receive $50,000 each and up to ten fellows who will receive $10,000 each. Winners and fellows will also receive a year of technical support to help expand the scope of their work. 

“The AARP Purpose Prize award recognizes applicants who go beyond individual volunteering to take on a specific social problem in a sustained, systematic, and measurable way that aims to make the world a better place for us all,” said Christina FitzPatrick, AARP NH State Director. “All across New Hampshire, people 50-plus are using their life experience to give back in ways that elevate their communities and the world. The AARP Purpose Prize award seeks to recognize these leaders.”

Nonprofit founders or co-founders must be 50 years or older to be eligible, learn more at AARP’s website. The deadline to apply is February 28, at

The 2023 AARP Community Challenge offers nonprofit organizations and government entities a variety of grants—ranging from $500 to $50,000—for quick-action community projects. 

These grants look to support permanent physical improvements in the community, new programming pilots or services, and temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change.

Since the program began in 2017, 18 NH organizations have been recipients of the Community Challenge Grant, according to AARP NH Associate State Director of Communications Pamela Dube.

In 2018, Manchester Connects received funding from the Community Challenge to develop more recreational space along the Merrimack River. 

“We were super excited to get the AARP grant because it allowed us to make this a place where people want to spend time. It can really now be a destination,” said Manchester Connects Co-Chair Sarah Jacobs. 

Unlike previous years, the 2023 Community Challenge offers three different grant opportunities including Flagship Grants, Capacity-Building Microgrants, and Demonstration Grants. 

Interested applicants can register for the Q&A webinar on February 8 at 2PM to learn more about the grant program and its application process. 

Applications are being accepted until March 15. Selected projects will begin late June and are expected to be completed by late November. 

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