Diversity Initiative Grants
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.
Priority will be given to applications funding activities which commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
LEVEL 1 Grants
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 $750*. Twenty of these grants will be awarded in 2018 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 two of these grants per year to an association.
- Multicultural Real Estate Organization Sponsorship
LEVEL 1B DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION
Up to $750 (*$1,000 if the event or activity commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act) 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 three 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 two grants per multicultural conference, with an overall limit of four of these grants to any one REALTOR® Association per year. A separate application must be submitted for each sponsored attendee.
- Fair Housing Training Classes
LEVEL 2 Grants
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.
- Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
For 2018, REALTOR® Associations may apply for grants for activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. These activities should follow the elements outlined on www.fairhousing.realtor, in the section “Fair Housing Commemoration Information.” These activities should, where available, include partnership with one or more local chapters of multicultural real estate organizations. The three elements are:
- Understanding how we are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing, acknowledging local fair housing history and recognizing local fair housing champions.
- Commemorating the events leading to the passage of the Fair Housing Act and actions to realize the promise of the law.
- Embracing our role in advancing fair housing and leading efforts to address community fair housing issues.
- 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: