Community Outreach

Community Planning Grant Application: Opportunity Zones

2019 Theme: Helping your community make the most of Opportunity Zones

Purpose: to support local association efforts to work with public officials and other community leaders to explore ways for your community to make the most of Opportunity Zones in your NAR Territorial Jurisdiction. Getting the conversation started: what kind of development does the community need? Is the proper zoning in place? What will the public space look like?

 

 

Placemaking Program & Grant

Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live by transforming  unused sites and “eyesores” into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone in a community. Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community but what is often needed is someone to take the lead or initiative. Who better to do this than a REALTOR® Association, and its members, as REALTORS® are already engaged in their communities and know the neighborhoods and the properties, and are likely to know where to focus efforts to enhance a place.

Placemaking Program Resources

The REALTOR® Party’s Placemaking program provides technical and financial assistance to help REALTOR® Associations become engaged in placemaking in their communities. Available resources include the:

  • Placemaking Guide for REALTOR® Associations
    Learn the details of Placemaking; the kinds of projects Placemaking entails and how to organize them; and where to go for assistance and resources.
  • Spaces to Places Blog
    See and learn about Placemaking projects in action across the country.
  • Placemaking Webinars
    The Placemaking Webinars provide more in-depth information on the various types of Placemaking and how REALTORS® are involved in Placemaking activities in their communities.
  • Better Block Guide for Associations
    A detailed overview of what a Better Block is and information to help you and your partners plan and organize a Better Block. Ideas generated at a Better Block may lead to permanent Placemaking projects.
  • Smart Growth Action Grant 
    Fund planning and community input activities related to Placemaking and land-use policies, such as Better Block events, Placemaking visioning and Main Street® analyses.

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

Placemaking Grant

The Placemaking Grant funds the creation of new, outdoor public spaces and destinations in a community.

The Placemaking grant is only available to state and local REALTOR® Associations.

New this year will be a Level 1 grant to fund demonstration and temporary projects.  An association can be approved for one Level 1 and one Level 2 Placemaking grant per year.

Review the criteria below for each grant level before applying for a Placemaking Grant.  You may want to call Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157 before applying for a grant to discuss your project idea and see if your project meets the criteria.

Level 1

PLACEMAKING GRANT LEVEL 1 APPLICATION

The Level 1 Placemaking grant funds demonstration and temporary projects to provide an opportunity to test the viability of long-range plans and investment initiatives that increase community livability and downtown revitalization.  The intent is that these types of projects will lead to permanent projects.

Resource: Tactical Urbanist’s Guide: provides materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanism projects that advance street safety and enhance placemaking efforts in both the short- and long-term.

  • Amount: up to $1,500 depending on engagement of REALTOR® Association, and its members, project impact on community and meeting of all project criteria listed below.
  • REALTOR® Association Contribution:  10% of total amount approved to the project.
  • Review:  NAR Staff
  • Number/Year:  One
    Note that if a project was approved for funding this year, in order to apply for a grant next year, the project needs to be completed.
  • Project Criteria: The Placemaking Grant can only be used to fund projects that meet the following criteria:
    • Types of Projects Funded:  Parklets, pop-up parks, pedestrian plazas, bike lanes. See: Pop-ups before Permanent Spaces
    • Association and Member Engagement: Placemaking projects offer an opportunity for REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® to engage in community outreach and set the stage for advocacy efforts. An association, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing, funding and/or building of the project.
      • Association-led & managed projects – required to be approved for maximum amount
      • Association engagement: fundraising and/or donations, planning, organizing, Realtor Action Day project, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
      • Realtor engagement: site clean-up, planning, coordinating, serves on project committee/task force, building of project, etc.

Usage of Grant Funds

  • Funds can be used for amenities (street furniture, paint, signage, materials, landscaping, murals, etc.), site preparation, artist fees
  • Funds can’t be used on marketing, food, plaque, opening day activities – can use 10% contribution for these items

Application Process

The online application can be submitted at any time through October 1, 2019.

  • Submit the online application and attachments (site photo)
  • Staff will 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 then review the application after all required information is received
  • Staff will contact the association within 5 days after the phone call

Level 2

PLACEMAKING GRANT LEVEL 2 APPLICATION

The Level 2 Placemaking grant funds the creation of new public spaces and destinations in a community accessible to everyone and open at all, or most, times.   The Grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less than $200,000.

  • Amount: up to $5,000 depending on engagement of REALTOR® Association, and its members, impact on community and meeting of all project criteria listed below.
  • REALTOR® Association Contribution:  10% of total amount approved to the project.
  • Review: Smart Growth Advisory Board
  • Number/Year: One
    Note that if a project was approved for funding this year, in order to apply for a grant next year, the project needs to be completed.
  • Project Criteria: The Placemaking Grant can only be used to fund projects that meet the following criteria:
    • Types of Projects Funded:  new parks, pocket parks, plazas, parklets, alley activations, trails, dog parks, play/fitness areas, community gardens.
    • Association and Member Engagement
      Placemaking projects offer an opportunity for REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® to engage in community outreach and set the stage for advocacy efforts. An association, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing, funding and/or building of the project.

      • Maximum grant amount is awarded to reflect projects that are association-led or projects where the REALTOR® Association is a main partner
      • Association engagement: fundraising and/or donations, planning, organizing, Realtor Action Day project, serves on project committee/task force, etc.
      • Realtor engagement: site clean-up, planning, coordinating, serves on project committee/task force, building of project, etc.
    • Multi-Functional & Community-Orientated
      • Benefits everyone in the community (not for targeted groups)
      • Includes several amenities (seating, kiosks, landscaping, artwork, etc.) that everyone can enjoy
      • Compliant with city permitting and zoning
      • Open and accessible all or most of the time (not inside buildings, not behind locked doors/gates)

Usage of Grant Funds

  • Funds can be used for amenities (street furniture, paint, signage, materials, landscaping, murals, etc.), site preparation, artist fees
  • Funds can’t be used on marketing, food, plague, opening day activities – can use 10% contribution for these items

Application Process

Deadlines: The online application can be submitted at any time through September 15, 2019. However, grant applications will only be reviewed once a month.  The 15th of each month is the deadline.  Applications received before the 15th of each month will be reviewed 2-7 days after that date.

  • Submit the online application and attachments (site photo, budget, design concept plan)
  • Staff will 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
  • Members of the Smart Growth Advisory Board (SGAB) will review the application several days after the 15th of each month assuming all required information is received
  • Staff will contact the association within 7 days after the SGAB members reviews the application

Project Completion:  Level 1 and Level 2

All projects must be completed within one year of the grant application approval. 

Within one month of project completion, the following needs to be completed:

  • Email photo(s) of the completed project to Holly Moskerintz.
  • Submit the evaluation form outlining impact of project (i.e. use/visits by the community; media coverage; other community projects, community response, outcomes, etc.).
  • Optional: Celebrate your success. We encourage you to consider having a “ribbon cutting” ceremony or similar event and inviting members, the community, stakeholders and media.
  • Optional:  Write a blog post to be included in the Spaces to Places blog. Posts should be no more than 300 words and should include photos and/or videos.

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 check request via email to Holly Moskerintz.
    • Include to whom the check should be made out to and a mailing address.
    • Checks can be payable to your association or board, or an organization (we will need the Tax ID number, phone number and copy of their W-9) but not to a government agency.
  • Submit proof of how funds were spent.
    • Acceptable forms of proof include an invoice, signed contract, receipts and cancelled checks.
  • Once all documentation is received, NAR will process the check request. It usually takes 10-15 working days for the check to be processed and mailed.

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