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Diversity Initiative Grants

The 2017 funding cycle ended October 15. Please check back in late December for the 2018 application.

NAR’s Diversity Initiative Grant Program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® associations that seek to enhance the diversity of its membership and leadership as well as to ensure that members have a robust understanding of Fair Housing issues.  The Diversity Grant Program has several key target areas.  See below for details. 

Please note: References below to the Multicultural Real Estate Associations mean:

  • National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)

LEVEL-1 Grants

Level-1 grants are intended to support the following activities.  Level-1 applications are accepted on a rolling basis, January 1 through October 15th and are eligible for up to $750.00.  Specifically:

  • Diversity or Fair Housing Training Classes: up to $750.00 towards compensating an instructor for the class. Instructor compensation is the only cost associated with a class that will be reimbursed.  There is a limit of two of these grants per year to an association.  Twenty of these grants will be awarded in 2017 on a first-come first-served basis. 
  • Multicultural Real Estate Organization Sponsorship: up to $750.00 to fund the Association’s sponsorship of a local multicultural chapter event or activity.  The sponsorship form for event must be submitted along with grant application to NAR. There is a limit of one grant per multicultural organizational chapter per year per REALTOR® Association with a maximum of three grants in this category per REALTOR® Association per year. Twenty of these grants will be awarded in 2017 on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Participation in national or regional meeting of the minority real estate associations:  Up to $750.00 to support participation by REALTOR® association senior staff or elected officers to cover registration and travel. There is a limit per REALTOR® Association of two grants per multicultural conference, with an overall limit of four of these grants to any one REALTOR® Association per year. A separate application must be submitted for each sponsored attendee. Twenty of these grants will be awarded in 2017 on a first-come first-served basis.

LEVEL-2 Grants

Level-2 Grants (awards up to $5,000) can be for any of the following project types; application deadlines are the 15th of each month, January through October:

  • Fair Housing Assessments – REALTOR® Associations may apply for grants of up to $5,000 for Participation in a local Community’s HUD required Fair Housing Assessment process.  If a local community conducting the Fair Housing Assessment falls under the jurisdiction of more than one local REALTOR® Association, NAR encourages the Local Associations to cooperate and submit one joint application.  Applications must demonstrate the efforts of the Association to engage in an analysis of local fair housing issues and advocate REALTOR® policies in the Assessment process.  Activities that may be supported by the grants include analysis of local fair housing issues, determination of REALTOR® policies related to those issues, advocacy of those REALTOR® policies including hosting or attending public participation sessions, analysis of preliminary and final assessments.  Grant recipients will be required to submit the local community’s assessment report to NAR upon its completion.
  • Fair Housing Partnership – Local REALTOR® Associations may apply for grants of up to $5,000 to address local fair housing issues with local fair housing organizations or government fair housing agencies.  Eligible activities include developing specific training to address the issues raised, engaging in research or meetings to analyze local fair housing issues, joint advocacy on fair housing issues, creating tools for REALTORS® and other real estate professionals to promote compliance with Fair Housing Laws or promotion of fair housing to the public. Generally, grants require evidence of partnership with a local fair housing organization or with a government fair housing agency unless the activity is to research fair housing issues raised by one of these organizations with the purpose of determining whether to partner with the organization.  Limit of 2 Level 2 Fair Housing Partnership grants per year.
  • Leading with Diversity – REALTOR® Associations may apply for grants of up to $5,000 for activities or programs that are designed to expand the inclusion of diversity in the leadership fabric of the association.  Applicants must demonstrate how the activity will serve to expand the inclusion of diversity in leadership and include actions that will be used to measure the progress made as a result of implementing the activity or program.  Associations are encouraged to conduct the NAR’s Leading with Diversity Workshop provided by NAR prior to applying for their first Leading with Diversity Level 2 grant.  Associations may apply for subsequent grants but must outline in subsequent grants the success of their previous effort and demonstrate how the new grant will continue the Association’s progress in expanding the inclusion of diversity.   
  • Multicultural Real Estate Organization Partnership – Partnering with a local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals or the Asian Real Estate Association of America.  Partnership must be focused on advocacy (Vote, Act, or Invest).  Applications must demonstrate that the Association and the Chapter have met and have agreed to jointly address the issue.  Level 2 Multicultural Real Estate Organization Partnership grants should not be used solely to sponsor an event of a Multicultural real estate organization, but will require participation in the planning of an event or activity and visible participation of both organizations in the event or activity with acknowledgment of its joint nature.

Grant Application and Program Guidance

  1. Funds awarded as a Community Outreach grant will be awarded through the following reimbursement processes:
    1. The association will submit to NAR proof of money spent totaling the amount of the grant award
    2. Acceptable forms of proof of money spent include an invoice from a vendor, a signed contract with a consultant/speaker, receipts for items purchased, and cancelled checks.
    3. The request for reimbursement must be made within 90 days of the completion of the activity for which the grant was awarded.
    4. Once all documentation is received, NAR will send to the association a check in the amount of the incurred costs.
  2. Grants are reviewed and approved by members of NAR’s Diversity Committee.
  3. NAR must receive an evaluation form after your grant-funded activity before a new Diversity Grant application will be entertained.
  4. Level-2 grants are intended to be used as seed funding for the activity.  Thus, should the applicant wish to repeat the activity in the future, it is expected that the association will fund that effort through other means.
  5. Diversity Grant Applications are only accepted from state and local REALTOR® associations.

Send your questions and completed applications to (e-mail preferred):

Hugh Morris
National Association of REALTORS®
500 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202/383-1278
E-mail: hmorris@realtors.org