Diversity Initiative Grants

2019 Grant Applications and Guidance Now Available

The Diversity Initiative Grant Program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations that seek to enhance the diversity of its membership and leadership as well as to ensure that members have a robust understanding of Fair Housing issues. The Diversity Grant Program has several key target areas. See below for details.

LEVEL 1 Grants

DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT EVALUATION FORM

Level 1 Grants are intended to support the following activities. Level 1 applications are accepted anytime from January 1 through October 1st and are eligible for up to $1000. Twenty of these grants will be awarded in 2019 on a first-come first-served basis in each of the following categories:

    • Fair Housing Training Classes
      LEVEL 1A DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION
      Funds can be used towards compensating an instructor for the class. Instructor compensation is the only cost associated with a class that will be reimbursed. There is a limit of one of these grants per year to an association.
    • Multicultural Real Estate Organization Sponsorship
      LEVEL 1B DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION
      Up to $1000 to fund the association’s sponsorship of a local multicultural chapter event or activity. The sponsorship form for event must be submitted along with grant application. There is a limit of one grant per multicultural organizational chapter per year per REALTOR® Association with a maximum of two grants in this category per REALTOR® Association per year.
    • Participation in National or Regional Meeting of the Multicultural Real Estate Associations
      LEVEL 1C DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION
      Funds can be used to support participation by REALTOR® Association senior staff or elected officers to cover registration and travel. There is a limit per REALTOR® Association of one grants per multicultural conference, with an overall limit of two of these grants to any one REALTOR® Association per year. A separate application must be submitted for each sponsored attendee.

LEVEL 2 Grants

LEVEL 2 DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION
DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT EVALUATION FORM

Level 2 Grants are intended to support the following activities. Level 2 applications are accepted on the 15th of each month from January through September 15th , and are eligible for up to $5,000. A state and local association may only be awarded one Level 2 grant per year.

  • Fair Housing
    Local associations may apply for grants up to $5,000 to address local fair housing issues.  Eligible activities include developing specific training to address local fair housing issues, crating tools for REALTORS® and other real estate professionals to promote compliance with fair housing laws, engage in research or meetings to analyze local fair housing issues, and advocacy on fair housing issues.  The grant is not intended to support the provision of fair housing classes, rather to support the development of the training.  Applicants are encouraged to partner with housing organizations, chapters of multicultural real estate organizations and the local government fair housing agencies.
  • Fair Housing Assessments
    Funds participation in a local Community’s HUD required Fair Housing Assessment process. If a local community conducting the Fair Housing Assessment falls under the jurisdiction of more than one local REALTOR® Association, NAR encourages the local associations to cooperate and submit one joint application. Applications must demonstrate the efforts of the association to engage in an analysis of local fair housing issues and advocate REALTOR® policies in the assessment process. Activities that may be supported by the grants include analysis of local fair housing issues, determination of REALTOR® policies related to those issues, advocacy of those REALTOR® policies including hosting or attending public participation sessions, analysis of preliminary and final assessments. Grant recipients will be required to submit the local community’s assessment report to NAR upon its completion.
  • Fair Housing Partnership
    Local REALTOR® Associations may apply for grants to address local fair housing issues with local fair housing organizations or government fair housing agencies. Eligible activities include developing specific training to address the issues raised, engaging in research or meetings to analyze local fair housing issues, joint advocacy on fair housing issues, creating tools for REALTORS® and other real estate professionals to promote compliance with Fair Housing Laws or promotion of fair housing to the public. Generally, grants require evidence of partnership with a local fair housing organization or with a government fair housing agency unless the activity is to research fair housing issues raised by one of these organizations with the purpose of determining whether to partner with the organization. Limit of 2 Level 2 Fair Housing Partnership grants per year.
  • Leading with Diversity
    Funds activities or programs that are designed to expand the inclusion of diversity in the leadership fabric of the association. Applicants must demonstrate how the activity will serve to expand the inclusion of diversity in leadership and include actions that will be used to measure the progress made as a result of implementing the activity or program. Associations are encouraged to conduct the Leading with Diversity Workshop provided by NAR prior to applying for their first Leading with Diversity Level 2 grant. Associations may apply for subsequent grants but must outline in subsequent grants the success of their previous effort and demonstrate how the new grant will continue the association’s progress in expanding the inclusion of diversity.
  • Multicultural Real Estate Organizations* Partnership
    Partnering with a local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals or the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Partnership must be focused on advocacy (Vote, Act or Invest). Grants may also fund activities to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Applications must demonstrate that the association and the chapter have met and have agreed to jointly address the issue. Level 2 Multicultural Real Estate Organization Partnership grants should not be used solely to sponsor an event of a Multicultural real estate organization, but will require participation in the planning of an event or activity and visible participation of both organizations in the event or activity with acknowledgment of its joint nature.

*Please note: References below to the Multicultural Real Estate Organizations include:

  • National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
  • National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)
  • Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR)

Grant Application & Program Guidance

Grant Payment to Selected Applicants:

  • All grant awards are paid on a reimbursement basis.
  • Funds are distributed when NAR receives:
    • Proof of expenditure in the form of receipts, signed contracts, or invoices
    • Grant Evaluation Form
    • One or two items resulting from the effort, such as photos, video, press or a plan, a study, etc.

The Grant Program requires that:

  • The funds be used within one year of the award or be forfeited back to NAR.
  • You submit evaluation formafter your activity is complete. If the evaluation form is not returned, your association will not be eligible to receive another grant.
  • Applications should be submitted by the association AE or with the AE copied.

The Grant Program allows that:

  • If your association has previously been awarded a grant you may apply again to support a new activity or further development of an existing activity.