Rural Outreach Grant
The Rural Outreach Grant supports state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities on a wide range of issues confronting rural communities. The grant will fund advocacy related initiatives not covered by other Community Outreach grants related to:
- Farmland/Open Space Preservation
- Protection Overlay Districts – could be environmental (steep slopes, setback requirements)
- Rural Zoning – Subdivision Ordinances/Rural Lot Configuration/Downzoning
- Natural Disasters
- Land Use
Note: For housing affordability, housing inventory, rental housing related issues, use the Housing Opportunity grant. To create a new public space or destination in your community, use the Placemaking Grant. To influence public policy on land use, growth/development or transportation issues related to Smart Growth principles, use the Smart Growth grant.
There is a Level 1 and a Level 2 Rural Outreach Grant.
The Level 1 Rural Outreach grant can be used for educational activities including hosting speakers who can address the issues referenced above.
The Level 2 Rural Outreach grant funds activities and initiatives to engage in the issues referenced above with other stakeholders and elected officials.
- Level 1: up to $1,500 depending on meeting of all project criteria listed below.
- Level 2: up to $5,000 depending on meeting of all project criteria listed below.
- Note that any instructional fee is capped at $1,000 and the remaining $500 can be used to fund instructor travel, meals, marketing, etc.
- Review: NAR Staff
- Number/Year: One
- Association Commitment: The grant requires a commitment of 10% of the amount approved.
- Application Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time through October 15, 2021
- Project Completion: All projects must be completed within one year of the grant application approval.
- Project Criteria: The Rural Outreach Grant can only be used to fund projects that meet the following criteria:
- Types of Projects Funded: Must related to activities to address issues referenced above. Activities could include events, trainings, studies, research, workshops, conferences, websites, marketing/educational materials, ordinance review/drafts.
- Note: for conferences and events, staff and/or REALTORS® need to be substantially engaged such as serving on a conference planning committee, planning a conference session, speaking or serving as moderator to a session or involved in follow-up event activity.
- Association and Member Engagement: An association, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing, funding, etc. of the activity.
- Association engagement: fundraising and/or donations, planning, organizing, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
- Realtor engagement: planning, coordinating, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
Application Process Level 1 and Level 2
- Submit the online application and attachment (budget)
- Staff may schedule a brief phone call to discuss project and application
- You may need to provide additional information
- You can have your partners on the call
- Staff will review the application after all required information is received
- Staff will contact the association within 7 business days after all information is provided.
Project Completion: Level 1 and Level 2
All projects must be completed within one year of the grant application approval and the following conducted.
- Submit the evaluation form outlining the outcome of the activity/initiative.
- Request Reimbursement (see below).
- Optional: Submit your activity/initiative for inclusion as a REALTOR® Party Success Story
Disbursement of Funds: Level 1 and Level 2
The request for reimbursement must be made within 1 year from when the application was approved.
Funds will be distributed as follows:
- Submit the Rural Outreach Grant Reimbursement Request Form
- Submit the ACH form with your reimbursement request. Reimbursements during COVID-19 will be made via electronic transfer.
- If electronic transfer is not possible, you can request a check. Checks can only be made payable to your association or board. Please provide the name and address of your Association when submitting the check request.
- Submit proof of how funds were spent.
- Acceptable forms of proof include an invoice, signed contract, receipts and cancelled checks.
Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.