Smart Growth GrantA

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

The Smart Growth Grant funds state and local REALTOR® Association’s land-use and transportation-related activities that  have an impact on public policies that support one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the grant including criteria, usage and funding disbursement before submitting the application.

Note – 10% Grant Commitment Waived in 2021.  As part of NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now, the 10% financial contribution requirement is waived for any association that requests reimbursement between 5/1/2021 through 12/31/2021.

Level One

The Level 1 Smart Growth Grant can be used to host the Smart Growth for the 21st Century Class or other educational activities including hosting speakers who can address specific growth and development issues impacting your community.  A new update in 2021 provides for funding for activities to increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and wayfinding to provide for a more walkable community.   See details in the FAQs.

  • Grant Amount:  up to $1,500 if all criteria met.
    • Note that any instructional fee is capped at $1,000 and the remaining $500 can be used to fund instructor travel, meals, marketing, etc.
  • Number/Year: A maximum of one Level 1 grant is awarded per year per association.
  • Deadline: October 15. A decision will be made within 10 working days provided all the criteria is met.
  • Evaluation Form: after completion of activity, evaluation form needs to be submitted.

Example of a Level 1 Smart Growth Grant Application: REALTORS® OF SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS INC.

LEVEL 1 SMART GROWTH ACTION GRANT APPLICATION

Level Two

The Level 2 Smart Growth Grant funds activities to engage in local land-use, growth and transportation issues with other stakeholders and elected officials which will have an impact on policies.

These activities could include community planning & input sessions; development of a variety of growth and development plans;  development of policies impacting growth; and studies and reports.    See the details in the FAQs.

  • Grant Amount: up to $5,000 if all criteria met.
  • Number/Year: A maximum of one Level 2 grant is awarded per year per association.
  • Deadline: October 15. A decision will be made within 10 working days provided all the criteria is met.
  • Evaluation Form: after completion of activity, evaluation form needs to be submitted.

Examples of Level 2 Smart Growth Grant Applications:

  LEVEL 2 SMART GROWTH ACTION GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.

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:

  • Request reimbursement via email to Holly Moskerintz.
    • Submit the Smart Growth 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.

Level Three

The Level 3 Smart Growth Grant funds activities to engage in local land-use, growth and transportation issues with other stakeholders and elected officials which will have an impact on policies.   However, the Level 3 grant was developed to support more a more comprehensive initiative, demonstrates a commitment to have a positive impact on a community, and involve multiple partners and/or stakeholders.  See details.