Purpose Prize

Grant Name
Purpose Prize
Funder
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Country or Region
United States
Research Field
Caregivers
Civic Activities
Community Development or Revitalization
Community or Outreach Programs
Community Services
Employment Opportunity Program
Food Security
Health Services Delivery
Homeless Services
Housing
Older People
Senior Citizen Service Programs
Social Change
Social Entrepreneurship
Deadline
March 31, 2022 (Expired)
Grant Size
$50,000USD There will be a total of five (5) Prizes awarded to Winners selected from a pool of eligible Applicants. In addition, up to ten (10) Fellows will be selected from a pool of eligible Applicants. Up to five Winners who have founded a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization will win $50,000. AARP also recognizes other outstanding applicants by designating up to 10 Fellows from the AARP Purpose Prize award applicants. Fellows’ organizations will receive $10,000 each and the Fellows will also have access to a number of technical assistance supports and resources. The AARP Inspire Award Winner will receive an additional $10,000 for his or her organization.
Contact Info
Purpose Prize purposeprize@aarp.org
Eligibility
Applicants must be US citizens living in the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are at least fifty (50) years old as of the date of entry and who started the work for which they are applying for at the age of forty (40) or older. There must also be a connection between the Applicant’s own life and their work . Applicants must have founded a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with its principal place of business located in the United States in good standing in its state of origin and tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code at the time of Applicant’s submission and throughout the Purpose Prize Contest selection process (“Founded Non-profit”). The mission of the Founded Non-profit should be consistent with the Applicant’s social impact work.
Description
Through the Purpose Prize award, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings. While Sponsor does not limit the types of social impact issues that will be considered, the following areas are of particular interest to Sponsor: Intergenerational work (opportunities for different generations to come together to share their experience, knowledge, and skills) Rethinking the workplace (jobs, work environments, alternative approaches) Caregiving and caregiver resources (support for vulnerable populations and the people who care for them) Healthy living (food and nutrition, physical fitness, mental health, etc.) Financial health (financial stability, resilience, economic opportunity, etc.) Hunger (food insecurity, waste, distribution, etc.) Affordable housing (safe, well-managed, and affordable housing and services) Social connections (isolation among vulnerable community members) Other general areas include: Civic engagement and community development (helping people be active participants in building and strengthening their communities) Environmental issues (combatting the challenges facing the planet) Children and youth (helping kids and young people reach their full potential, in school settings and elsewhere) Arts and culture (using art and culture as tools to engage communities in positive change) Peace and security rights (establishing or preserving justice and equality by peaceful means) Homelessness (addressing the needs of homeless populations) Veterans (providing services for veterans, advocating for veterans’ rights, empowering veterans) Animal protection (ensuring animal welfare, promoting animal companionship with vulnerable populations) Eligibility Applicants must be US citizens living in the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are at least fifty (50) years old as of the date of entry and who started the work for which they are applying for at the age of forty (40) or older. There must also be a connection between the Applicant’s own life and their work . Applicants must have founded a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with its principal place of business located in the United States in good standing in its state of origin and tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code at the time of Applicant’s submission and throughout the Purpose Prize Contest selection process (“Founded Non-profit”). The mission of the Founded Non-profit should be consistent with the Applicant’s social impact work.

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University of Wisconsin Writing Center: Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal Open Link

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