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Champion Industry Issues with Community Outreach Grants and Services

NAR’s Community Outreach program works to position REALTORS® as leaders and collaborators, working through their associations, to build better communities.

State and local REALTOR associations may apply for a Community Outreach Grant –Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking, Rural Outreach and Fair Housing  – to support a wide variety of community development and fair housing advocacy, engagement and education efforts.

Grant applications are available in easy-to-access online application forms (login required).  All grants offer a level 1 (up to $3,00) and level 2 (up to $7,500). Housing Opportunity and Smart Growth offer a level 3 (up to $15,000). Associations must commit 10% of the amount approved, and may receive one grant per level each year. For inspiration, take time to explore association success stories, access state and local activity and review Core Standards.

If you need more information, application deadlines and/or clarification about whether the activity or program meets grant criteria, contact:

Need Ideas on how a Grant can Support Advocacy Efforts? Sign-up for a Community Outreach Virtual Grant Coaching Sessions

State and Local Associations are invited to schedule one-on-one sessions (link is external) via Zoom with Community Outreach Staff to brainstorm ways to address affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education using a Housing OpportunitySmart Growth, Placemaking and/or Fair Housing grant. Overview of critical steps to success for developing grant ideas and writing a compelling application provided.

Use the Land Use Initiative to Support Your Advocacy Efforts

As a community leader, your association helps to create a positive real estate and business environment for your members and community.  Often proposals that may do harm arise quickly and require expert analysis.   The Land Use Initiative will analyze and provide talking points for proposed legislative and regulatory land-use, and real estate transactional, measures – comprehensive plans, amendments, legislation, ordinances or regulations – that impact the transfer of property and/or the interests of REALTORS®.

Questions? Contact Christine Windle, Director, Community Outreach, 202/383-1135.