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Apply for Our Annual Purpose Prize Competition

En español | We’ve opened applications for the next class of winners and fellows in our annual Purpose Prize awards, which honor older Americans who use their life experiences to make a difference in their communities or the world.

What are we looking for? Nonprofit founders who saw a problem and created an impactful solution — and have a personal story that’s driving their mission. You must be 50 or older and have started your work at 40 or beyond.

We’ll choose five winners and give their organizations $50,000 each, along with support and resources to broaden the impact of their work. We’ll also recognize up to 10 Purpose Prize fellows, giving their nonprofits each $10,000. We’re accepting applications through Feb. 28. 

Last year, prizes went to a diverse group of inspiring older Americans, including founders of nonprofits that deliver free stoves in Mexico, help LGBTQ+ adults find affordable housing, provide digital training to people with disabilities, and more.

This year’s honorees will be chosen in July and go on to compete for AARP’s Inspire Award and an additional $10,000 for their organization.

Meet the current Purpose Prize winners and read more about contest rules and how to apply.

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