Community Grants

Community Grants

Posted June 23rd, 2015 by Dave Reville

Take Action to Improve Your Neighborhood!

AARP Grant Can Make It Happen 

Who hasn't stood on their sidewalk with a neighbor and remarked on what the city or others ought to fix, improve, take away or build? Most of us could look around our neighborhood and come up with two or three things that really need attention or would really improve that area. Getting something done, however, often takes organization, committed volunteers, a solid plan and usually some money. So most often nothing gets done. Enter AARP. Through a Community Action Sponsorship from AARP VT, you could move from an idea to real action. The program offers modest grants to neighborhood groups in the Burlington community along with support and organizational help from AARP staff.

In an effort to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is now accepting applications for the Community Action Sponsorship Program. The initiative is part of the Burlington Livable Community Project aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift - particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and activities that foster multi-cultural and intergenerational connections.

These sponsorships are intended to inspire and support grassroots groups that have a vision for their neighborhood or the city and how it can be improved to the meet the needs of all residents. AARP hopes our funding and support can jump start projects that will really make a difference. The sponsorship is open to grassroots groups and small non-profits in Burlington and should represent a desire to make change through local level activism and advocacy. 

Burlington residents and groups are encouraged to apply. The deadline is September 30, 2015, and up to three groups will be selected for grants ranging from $500-$2,000. Grants will be one-time funding for a 12-month period and groups that are awarded sponsorships will receive technical assistance from AARP staff. This will include advocacy and communications support, administrative support (as appropriate), and access to office equipment and meeting space. Sponsored projects will receive public recognition through AARP, including letters of support, as needed to achieve their goals. So take action toward a more livable community and AARP can lend a needed hand.

Applications are available here and RFP info is here or call Kelly Stoddard Poor at 951-1313.
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