Housing Opportunity GrantsA

The 2021 Community Outreach grant application deadline was Friday October 15.  The 2022 grant applications will be available the first week of January, 2022. 

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.

Questions? Email HousingOpportunityGrants@nar.realtor

Frequently Asked Questions 
Ideas for Using a Housing Opportunity Grant

Level One

Level 1 Housing Opportunity grants support efforts to educate REALTORS® and the public about housing affordability topics. Activities may include a class or forum; a speaker(s) who can address specific affordable housing issues; or a meeting with community stakeholders to develop coalition efforts. Review the Ideas for Using a Housing Opportunity Grant for additional inspiration.

 

Details:

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15; decisions announced within approximately one week.
  • Maximum award: $1,500.
  • Associations may receive one Level 1 grant per calendar year.
  • Funds are disbursed using a reimbursement process.
  • Approved activity and reimbursement request must take place within one year of grant approval to be eligible for funding reimbursement.
  • Grant recipients must complete an evaluation form for the supported activity.

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 affordable housing issues in a community. Activities should have a broad community reach. Associations are encouraged to collaborate with local agencies and organizations that are working to expand access to housing that is affordable. Activities may include a housing forum; a consumer-facing housing expo; or a housing study/analysis. Review the Ideas for Using a Housing Opportunity Grant for additional inspiration and Expanding Housing Opportunity: A Toolkit for REALTORS® and Associations for tips on conducting activities.

 

Details:

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15; decisions announced within approximately one week.
  • Maximum award: $5,000
  • Associations may receive one Level 2 grant per calendar year.
  • Funds are disbursed using a reimbursement process.
  • Approved activity and reimbursement request must take place within one year of grant approval to be eligible for funding reimbursement.
  • Grant recipients must complete an evaluation form for the supported activity.

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 involve working with at least one non-REALTOR® primary partner organization (e.g. housing nonprofit, government agency, local employer, etc.). Activities must 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.

Details:

  • Level 3 application form requires an authorization code for completion. Email HousingOpportunityGrants@nar.realtor for information.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15; decisions announced within approximately two weeks.
  • Maximum award: $10,000
  • Associations may receive one Level 3 grant per calendar year.
  • Funds are disbursed using a reimbursement process.
  • Approved activity and reimbursement request must take place within one year of grant approval to be eligible for funding reimbursement.
  • Grant recipients must complete an evaluation form for the supported activity.

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.