As you may know, state and local associations receiving approval for a Fair Housing grant must use the award within one year or be forfeited back to NAR. If your association is participating in an activity supported by a grant that has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 that impacts your ability to meet the one-year deadline, please contact Christine Windle, Director, Community Outreach, 202/383-1135 for an extension.Please note, the Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program differs from the Fair Housing Grant program as it provides funding to state and local 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 grant applications.
Fair Housing Month 2020
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.
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.
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.
The Fair Housing Grant program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations to further enhance the importance fair housing plays in our industry and in our communities.
Level 1 Grants
Grants up to $1,000 are available to support fair housing-related education. Note: NAR’s At Home With Diversity class is not eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 15th.
Level 2 Grants
Grants up to $5,000 area available to support partnerships with local agencies or organizations that further the fair housing mission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 15th.
Need inspiration for a Fair Housing activity or program? Access Fair Housing Showcase Stories.
Questions about Fair Housing Grants? Contact Hugh Morris at 202-383-1278.
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
New Fair Housing Action Plan
NAR’s new Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million Realtors® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America. Access Fair Housing resources including the latest articles, research, reports, publications and videos.
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.
Fair Housing Poster Contest
Each year state and local REALTOR® Associations sponsor fair housing poster contests with local elementary schools. These contests generally include a specific theme for the year (e.g., Fair Housing for All, Open Hearts – Open Neighborhoods, A Home for Everyone) and incorporate the ideas of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Upon closing of the contest, volunteer/guest judges are brought in to determine a winner. A winner may receive a prize, or a variety of winners may be chosen to go into the following year’s calendar that is produced by the board and distributed to members, customers, and local businesses. You may even offset your costs by obtaining local business sponsors for the event and/or calendar.
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.
Questions? Bryan Greene at 202-383-1114.