Smart Growth Action Grants support state and local REALTOR® Association’s activities in a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities with the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development that meets one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles. The goal of the program is to position REALTORS® as leaders in planning and designing a community’s future while enhancing REALTOR® relationships with local elected officials. Review the Frequently Asked Questions for information on criteria and funding disbursement.

Ten Principles of Smart Growth

Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement.  Based on the experience of communities around the nation that have used smart growth approaches to create and maintain great neighborhoods, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles:

  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

Level One

Level 1 Smart Growth Action Grants can be used to host the Smart Growth for the 21st Century Class or other educational activity such as a speaker who can address specific growth issues impacting your community.

Level 1 applications are accepted anytime from January 1st through October 15th with decisions announced approximately one week later. Grant funds are eligible for up to $1,500. A maximum of one Level 1 grant is awarded per year per association.

Expected Financial Participation by Applicant: As needed to meet all additional costs either by admission fee or association contribution.

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.

Download examples of successful Level 1 Smart Growth Action Grant Applications

Level Two

Level 2 Smart Growth Action Grants provide seed funding to enable a state or local association to make the initial efforts to engage local land-use/transportation policy issues with other stakeholders and elected officials. Using a Level 2 grant is appropriate for supporting events of other organizations that REALTORS® are substantially engaged in.

Level 2 applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately in 30 days. Grant funds are eligible for up to $5,000. A maximum of one Level 2 grant is awarded per year per association.

Expected Financial Participation by Applicant: Minimum 10% of requested grant amount.

Download examples of successful Level 2 Smart Growth Action Grant Applications

Level Three – Not available at this time

Based on a review of program goals and resources, Smart Growth Action Grants are now offered at two funding levels.

Questions? Contact Hugh Morris at 202-383-1278 or Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.