Fair Housing

Fair Housing Grants

As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. Fair Housing grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create or improve systems, programs, and policies that uphold fair housing laws and strengthen REALTORS® commitment to offering equal professional service to all.

Fair Housing grants differ from Diversity and Inclusion grants, which provide funding to REALTOR® Associations to enhance the inclusion of diversity in their leadership and collaborate with local chapters of national multicultural real estate organizations. Access information on the Leading with Diversity Program and its grant applications.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

Frequently Asked Questions
Ideas for Using a Fair Housing Grant

Level 1 Grants

Level 1 Fair Housing Grant Application
Fair Housing Reimbursement Request Form
Fair Housing Grant Evaluation Form

Level 1 Fair Housing Grants may be used to hold educational activities such as a class or forum; to host a speaker who can address fair housing issues; or for speaker/author fees for a facilitated “book club” activity. NAR’s At Home With Diversity class and activities previously supported by a Fair Housing grant are not eligible for funding. This includes updated/revised classes and recurring/annual events.

Level 1 applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately one week later.

  1. Maximum award: $1,500.
    Note that for classes, a maximum of $1,000 of the award can be used to pay instructor fees. The balance of the award must be used on other eligible expenses.
  2. Associations may receive one Level 1 grant per calendar year.

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.

Level 2 Grants

Level 2 Fair Housing Grant Application
Fair Housing Reimbursement Request Form
Fair Housing Grant Evaluation Form

Level 2 Fair Housing Grants support activities that address fair housing issues in a community. Activities should involve partnerships with local agencies or organizations that further the fair housing mission and have a broad community reach. Activities previously supported by a grant are not eligible for funding. This includes updated or enhanced activities or recurring/annual events.

Level 2 applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January 1 through October 15 with decisions announced approximately one week later.

  1. Maximum award: $5,000
  2. Associations may receive one Level 2 grant per calendar year.

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.

Need inspiration for a Fair Housing activity or program?

Review Ideas for Using a Fair Housing Grant and read Fair Housing Showcase Stories.

Can’t Hold Your Event In-Person?  Use a Fair Housing Grant to Host it Online!

Apply for a Fair Housing grant to host an event or online activity that helps position your association as a leader in your community while engaging members by hosting an online or virtual fair housing event or activity.

Fair Housing Programs and Resources

REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.  To more effectively advocate on national fair housing policy, NAR re-organized to create a new Fair Housing Policy Committee. Read more about the NAR Fair Housing Action Plan.

Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.

REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.  To more effectively advocate on national fair housing policy, NAR re-organized last summer to create a new Fair Housing Policy Committee. Read more about the New Fair Housing Action Plan or reach out to Bryan Greene, Director, Fair Housing Policy.

Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation

Fairhaven is an interactive online simulation training in which agents confront discrimination in real estate transactions from the point of view of both agent and client.

In this cutting-edge new training, agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, confronting various scenarios where discrimination gets in the way. Agents make choices about how to handle each scenario and receive actionable feedback that they can apply to their daily business interactions. In an innovative approach, the course also puts agents in the role of a client experiencing discrimination. The client point-of-view scenarios are paired with powerful testimonials illustrating the impact of housing discrimination in real people’s lives. At the end of the experience, learners will receive a performance report summarizing each of their interactions and providing insight into their overall performance.

New Fair Housing Action Plan

NAR’s new Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes Accountability, Culture Change, and Training in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.  Check out fair housing resources including the latest articles, research, reports, publications, and videos.

That’s Who We R Fair Housing Assets

NAR is committed to making housing fair for all. And yet, many don’t realize the broad scope of NAR’s Code of Ethics and its commitment against all forms of discrimination in housing.  As a champion for Fair Housing, associations can leverage a Fair Housing grant to support amplifying this message using the That’s Who We R Fair Housing Assets.

Fair Housing Declaration

Show you support equal opportunity in housing by displaying this declaration of following fair housing laws and your commitment to provide professional service with the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration.

NAR’S Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

During the commemoration, REALTORS® across the country, local and state associations, and brokerages increased member and public awareness of fair housing. Numerous videos, articles in local media, and fair housing training classes were held across the country. 2018 was a year when REALTORS® showed that Fair Housing Makes U.S. Stronger.

Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing Month is recognized each April to commemorate the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act in which U.S. law was established that prohibited discrimination in housing.

Annually, NAR creates a poster that state and local real estate associations may print, use or distribute to promote the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.  You are authorized to print and distribute the Fair Housing Month Poster.  It can be printed 22 x 17, 14 x 11, or 11 x 8.5.

Questions about NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan or fair housing policy? Bryan Greene at 202-383-1114.