Community Outreach

Grants, trainings, technical assistance and resources help REALTOR® Associations become leaders in your community in four key areas—diversity, housing opportunity, land use, and smart growth.
V These resources may meet the Core Standards' Vote requirement.
A These resources may meet the Core Standards' Act requirement.
I These resources may meet the Core Standards' Invest requirement.
* These RPAC programs are subject to state election laws.
Better Block projects are one way REALTOR® Associations can revitalize a downtown or commercial corridor. This resource provides an overview of what a Better Block is and information to plan and organize a Better Block.
Gain valuable information about consumers’ preferences toward transportation, housing, and smart growth from this biennial survey.
This customized resource can help your state association set the stage for sustainable development practices by proactively altering the state’s land use laws.
Increase diversity and inclusion within the association and its leadership; build and expand relationships with multicultural real estate organizations; and address fair housing issues and fair housing planning in your communities with the Diversity Initiative Grant program. Providing resources to state and local associations is a key strategy in NAR’s overall diversity program. Grant funding is available up to $5,000.
What is the state of fair housing in your community? As your local government completes HUD’s Fair Housing Assessments, be sure your association is part of the planning process. Help your communities look holistically at fair housing and develop solutions that will be effective in the marketplace. Check out the latest tools and resources, including a poster for Fair Housing Month.
Use the Growth Management Fact Book to obtain with factual information and analyses concerning modern growth management techniques and land use related controls. This publication reflects NAR’s belief that REALTORS® must be able to engage with citizens, legislators and government officials effectively on regulatory issues of importance to the real estate industry.
This grant program supports local and state REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create and expand housing opportunities. Grants are available at three funding levels for activities such as homeownership fairs, education events, affordable housing needs studies, housing forums, and more. Grant funding is available up to $10,000.
This program provides a comprehensive analysis of proposed land use-related measures at the state or local level to help associations take action that best supports the real estate industry within their community.
Use the Land Use Initiative Memo Database to research various land use related proposals and impact on the real estate industry. This information can help craft your association’s response to proposed local ordinances in a way that best supports your members.
This three-hour session for state association leaders and staff helps develop and articulate a business case for inclusion and diversity, define what diversity means in your community and move your association along its path to inclusion of diversity in your leadership. Workshop participants weigh the benefits of working with local chapters of multicultural real estate organizations and develop action plans that form the basis for a Diversity Initiative Grant. NAR will also work with State Association staff to help prepare the State Association to conduct this workshop for local associations in their state.
Published twice a year, On Common Ground contains articles on cutting-edge land planning and development techniques. Order bulk copies of this magazine to use as a leave-behind when visiting local officials or provide NAR with a mailing list and leave the delivery to us.
Placemaking is the creation of vibrant, public spaces for the community to gather. The Placemaking Guide, webinars and Spaces to Places blog offer ideas for transforming vacant lots, deserted plazas, underused alleys or overgrown green  paces into destinations.
This grant supports REALTOR® engagement in land use or transportation-related issues with the goal of affecting public policies that promote sustainable development, raising the profile of REALTORS® as community leaders and enhancing REALTOR® relationships with elected officials. Grant funding is available up to $15,000.
Offer and sponsor this four-hour course that teaches REALTORS® state-of-the-art community planning concepts, the value of smart growth neighborhoods to homebuyers and their communities and how REALTORS® can help make smart growth happen.
Survey your community’s residents on their attitudes toward growth and development. This information can help your association formulate land use policies. NAR will cover the cost of the polling.
This program will offer specialized in-person training to REALTORS®, elected officials, municipal staff, and housing and neighborhood advocates to address the problems of vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties.
Walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate, and REALTORS® need to be aware of how the demand for walkable communities impacts real estate and their business. Get more details, listen to a webinar, and download the fact sheet to see how to make your community more walkable. Then use a Smart Growth Action Grant to plan and implement your initiative.
The Workforce Housing Forum Guide provides technical and financial assistance to help plan, organize, and conduct a forum to address your community’s workforce housing needs. The guide includes tips and tools for setting goals, identifying partners, selecting speakers, managing resources, handling logistics, and examples of successful forums conducted by other associations.