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Welcome to the AARP Vermont Livable Community Program - Winter Placemaking


The application period is open. Deadline is October 19, 2022. 


AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age with a Vermont state office located in Burlington.  We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service. Since 2006, AARP Vermont has led efforts in the state to promote livable communities for older adults to live and thrive. AARP defines a livable community as one that has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community services, and adequate mobility options, which together facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.

AARP Vermont’s 2022 Winter Placemaking Grants will provide financial support to non-profit or other ad-hoc groups, which meet the eligibility requirements, and that are also focused on reinventing a space that improves the safety, accessibility and overall appeal and are either temporary or permanent projects.  The Placemaking Project is intended to inspire and educate community leaders and residents in their aim to have a positive impact on older adults living in your community.

We will select up to six communities for funding of up to $4,000 each.  This is a one-time opportunity with no further expectation or commitment of additional funds.

The objectives of the Winter Placemaking Demonstration Projects are to help participants:

  • With a vision to create new or improve existing local efforts within the community and seek to enhance perceptions and attitudes toward community change.
  • Whose proposals recognize how placemaking and community design influence successful aging, equity and health while enhancing overall livability for those 50 plus.
  • Who can help expand resources or toolkits to provide healthier,  more vibrant public spaces during the winter months.

For inspiration and resources on VT Placemaking visit here:  https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/archives/info-2014/livable-communities-placemaking.html


Eligibility: The grant program is open to organizations and grassroots ad hoc groups that are organized to make improvement in their neighborhood focused on enhancing the lives of the 50plus and that meet all eligibility requirements. Additionally, Statewide regional and local government entities and non-profit organizations located in VT are eligible to apply. Statewide and regional organizations must specify a municipality in which project activities will take place and demonstrate a commitment from local officials and collaborating organizations to participate in a community winter placemaking project in the winter of 2021-2022. Following completion of the demonstration there will be an after-action report due one month following the completion of the project. 

Eligible for funding:

  • 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) nonprofits
  • Ad hoc community group with a 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) nonprofit fiscal agent
  • Municipalities (Government Entities) as defined above
  • Must be located within the State of Vermont

AARP will not fund the following types of proposals, activities, or organizations:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Planning activities and assessments and surveys of communities with no follow-up action
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Sponsorships of other organizations’ events or activities
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
  • Research and development for a for-profit endeavor
  • Individuals
  • For-profit entities and projects that promote a for-profit entity and/or its products and services.
  • Capital expenditures

AARP reserves the right to reject a proposal that does not align with its mission or policies in its sole discretion. Community matching funds are not required. However, applicants are encouraged to describe how the funding will be used to implement the Demonstration, further educate and engage community members in livability.

Start an Application

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Applications should be received by Kelly Stoddard Poor from AARP VT at kstoddardpoor@aarp.org by 5:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 to be eligible for consideration. The application period is currently CLOSED.