Housing Opportunity GrantsA


Housing Opportunity Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create or improve systems, programs, and policies that expand access to housing that is affordable. The goal of the program is to position REALTORS® as leaders in improving their communities by creating affordable housing opportunities. Review the Frequently Asked Questions for information on criteria and funding disbursement.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

Level One

Level 1 Housing Opportunity Grants can be used to hold educational activities such as a class or forum; to host a speaker(s) who can address specific affordable housing issues; or to hold a meeting with community stakeholders to develop coalition efforts. Note: Activities previously supported by a Housing Opportunity grant are not eligible for funding. This includes updated/revised classes and recurring/annual events.

Level 1 applications are accepted anytime from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately one week later. Grant awards are as follows:

  • Education classes for REALTORS® – up to $750
  • Education classes for the community* and all other eligible activities – up to $1,500
    *Note that for education classes for the community, a maximum of $1,000 of the award can be used to pay instructor fees. The balance of the award must be used on other eligible expenses.
  • Associations may receive a maximum of one Level 1 grant per year.

Grant funds must be used within one year of the award or be forfeited back to NAR. Grant recipients must submit an evaluation form upon the completion of the activity for which funds were awarded. A Reimbursement Request Form is required for funding disbursement.

LEVEL 1 HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT APPLICATION
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT EVALUATION FORM
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FORM

Download examples of successful Level 1 Housing Opportunity Grant Applications.

Level Two

Level 2 Housing Opportunity Grants support activities that address a specific affordable housing issue in a community. Activities should involve partnerships and have a broad community reach. Activities previously supported by a grant are not eligible for additional funding. Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about funding criteria.

Level 2 applications are accepted anytime from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately one week later. Grant funds are available for up to $5,000. Associations may receive a maximum of one Level 2 grant per year.

Grant funds must be used within one year of the award or be forfeited back to NAR. Grant recipients must submit an evaluation form upon the completion of the activity for which funds were awarded. A Reimbursement Request Form is required for funding disbursement.

LEVEL 2 HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT APPLICATION
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT EVALUATION FORM
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FORM

Level Three

Level 3 Housing Opportunity Grants support new projects or enhance existing efforts that have growth potential. Activities previously funded by a Housing Opportunity grant are not eligible. The activity must include working with at least one non-REALTOR® primary partner organization (e.g. housing nonprofit, government agency, local employer, etc.). Activities should be comprehensive, have a broad community reach, and significant REALTOR® involvement. One-time events (such as a forum) or activities with limited REALTOR® involvement (such as studies/analyses) are not eligible for funding.

Level 3 applications are accepted from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately two weeks later. Grant awards are available for up to $10,000. Associations may receive a maximum of one Level 3 grant per year.

Grant funds must be used within one year of the award or be forfeited back to NAR. Grant recipients must submit an evaluation form upon the completion of the activity for which funds were awarded. A Reimbursement Request Form is required for funding disbursement.

Level 3 applications require an authorization code. To request a code and application, contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504 or wpenn@nar.realtor.

LEVEL 3 HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT APPLICATION
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY GRANT EVALUATION FORM
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FORM

Download examples of successful Level 3 Housing Opportunity Grant Applications.