Frequently Asked Questions
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 – $1,500 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.
How can the Level 1 grant be used?
Level 1 Fair Housing grants support efforts to educate REALTORS® and the public about fair housing topics. Types of activities may include a class or forum; a speaker who can address a fair housing issue; or a facilitated “book club” event. Review the Ideas for Using a Fair Housing Grant for additional inspiration. Please note that the grant may not be used to host NAR’s At Home with Diversity class.
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.
How can the Level 2 grant be used?
Level 2 Fair Housing grants support activities that address fair housing issues in a community. Activities should have a broad community reach. Associations are encouraged to collaborate with local agencies or organizations that further the fair housing mission. Activities may include a fair housing symposium; fair housing curriculum development; or creating fair housing educational materials. Review the Ideas for Using a Fair Housing Grant and read Fair Housing Showcase Stories for additional inspiration.
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
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
- Donations to an organization or person including down payment or closing cost assistance
- Landscaping materials, home furnishings, or similar items
- Materials for construction/rehab of a property or purchase of land
- Registration fees and travel related expenses for REALTORS® attending events
- Fundraising contributions or money to hold a fundraiser
- Cash prizes or purchase of gifts and prizes
- In-house association classroom rental fee
- Activities that benefit a single/select group of property owner(s)
- Subscription fees for videoconferencing services
Is my association required to make a financial contribution toward our activity in order to qualify for a grant?
As part of NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now, the 10% financial contribution requirement is waived for any association that requests reimbursement between January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.
How far in advance should I submit a grant application?
Applications 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. In addition, please note NAR’s Territorial Jurisdiction Policy.
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. Acceptable forms of proof include invoices, fully executed contracts, and receipts for items purchased.
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.
The association must submit an evaluation after completion of the activity.
What criteria are used to evaluate grant applications?
Alignment with Fair Housing Program
Does the proposed activity create or improve systems, programs, and policies that uphold fair housing laws and strengthen REALTORS® commitment to offering equal professional service to all.
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?