Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for Fair Housing grants?
Applications can only be submitted by a state or local REALTOR® association.
What are the maximum funding amounts?
There are two levels of funding. Requests may be made up to the noted maximums; however, a lesser amount may be awarded based on the evaluation of the application.
- Level 1 – $1,000 maximum award
- Level 2 – $5,000 maximum award
How many grants can my association receive in a calendar year?
An association can receive one grant per funding level, per calendar year.
- Level 1 – maximum of one grant per calendar year
- Level 2 – maximum of one grant per calendar year
How can the Level 1 grant be used?
Level 1 Fair Housing Grants can be used to host educational activities with a speaker who can address Fair Housing.
Successful examples include:
- Columbus REALTORS® Launches Book Club as a Safe Space for Tough Conversations
- Houston Association of REALTORS® Member Focus Monday Event featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author, Bill Dedman discussing Newsday’s “Testing the Divide” investigation highlighting racial steering and what REALTOR Associations can do to combat racism in real estate,
Please note that the grant may not be used to host NAR’s At Home with Diversity class.
How can the Level 2 grant be used?
Level 2 Fair Housing grants available to support activities/partnerships conducted with local agencies or organizations that further the fair housing mission.
Successful examples include:
- Frederick County REALTORS® Maintain its Focus on Fair Housing Virtually
- Advertising associated with leveraging NAR’s Fair Housing campaign assets to further the mission of Fair Housing
- An event similar to Virginia’s Regional Fair Housing Symposium
- An event similar to Local Government Fair Housing Proclamation Ceremony to Renew Commitment to Fair Housing and Equal Housing Opportunities
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Can my association receive a grant to repeat an activity or class conducted in a prior year?
The same activity, class, or training offered in consecutive years will not be approved. Only a new activity or further development of a previously approved activity will be approved.
The following are NOT eligible uses of grant funds:
- REALTOR® association staff time/hours including contract staff
- General operating expenses for the REALTOR® association or partner organization
- Materials for construction/rehab of a property or purchase of land
- Registration fees for REALTOR® education or other events
- Fundraising contributions
- Money to hold a fundraiser
- Cash prizes or purchase of gifts and prizes
- In-house association classroom rental fee
- Projects that benefit a single property owner
- Initiatives that benefit a single property owner
Is my association required to make a financial contribution toward our activity in order to qualify for a grant?
Yes, the association must make a financial contribution equal to at least 10% of the requested grant amount. In-kind donations and staff time cannot be used to reach the 10% required contribution from the association.
How far in advance should I submit a grant application?
Applications (Levels 1 and 2) are accepted on a rolling basis between January 1 and October 15, and should be submitted at least 30 days before the date of the activity. Decisions about applications are made within about a week of submission. Applications will not be considered for events that have already taken place or for activities completed prior to submission.
We are partnering with another REALTOR® association for an activity. Can we both apply for a grant?
Multiple associations can apply for funding for the same activity. However, the combined funding request cannot exceed the maximum award for the grant level. Please note that NAR adopted a policy that state and local REALTOR® Associations may only use advocacy resources provided by the REALTOR® Party for advocacy activity within their territorial jurisdiction as defined by NAR unless use outside the association’s territorial jurisdiction is permitted by a written agreement among or policy applicable to all affected local and state association(s) regarding such use of advocacy resources, or the association in whose jurisdiction such advocacy will occur or NAR approves. The policy allows for an association to request REALTOR® Party funds for use outside of its territorial jurisdiction, and if the association in whose jurisdiction such activity will take place objects, the funds may be provided subject to review and approval by the appropriate NAR committee(s) overseeing REALTOR® Party activities.
If my association is approved for a grant, when will we receive the funding?
Funds are disbursed through a reimbursement process. The association must submit required documentation (outlined below) and complete an online evaluation about the grant activity. Please note that if revenue (such as ticket sales) exceeds the cost of the project then no grant funds are paid.
Funding Process Details
The association is required to submit proof of funds spent totaling the amount of the grant award, including the 10% contribution from the association. Acceptable forms of proof include an invoice from a vendor, a contract signed by both parties with a consultant/speaker, and receipts for items purchased.
The association must submit an evaluation form after completion of the activity. One or two items resulting from the effort, such as photos, or a plan, a study, news clips and videos may accompany the form. If the evaluation form is not returned, your association will not be eligible to receive another grant.
The activity and request for reimbursement must take place within one year of grant approval notification from NAR in order to be eligible for funding reimbursement.
What criteria are used to evaluate Level 1 grant applications?
The grant review group considers the following things when making funding decisions:
Alignment with Fair Housing Program
Does the proposed activity support the goal of educating REALTORS® on Fair Housing issues?
What criteria are used to evaluate Level 2 grant applications?
Application review group considers the following things when making funding decisions:
Alignment with Fair Housing Program
The proposed activity should support the goal of strengthening local Fair Housing efforts AND involve a local fair housing advocacy organization and/or local government.
Funding of websites is only permissible if the website is integral to the execution of a larger project.
Articulation of Issue
Does the applicant thoroughly explain the Fair Housing issue that needs to be addressed?
Quality of the Proposed Activity
Is the proposed activity of high-quality with a clear purpose, well-defined action items, and measurable goals?
Level of Commitment
Does the proposed activity involve a significant level of commitment in terms of member involvement and staff time?
Strength of Partnerships
Does the proposed activity create or expand strategic partnerships between REALTORS®, elected officials and other key community partners?