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How to Apply for Housing Opportunity Grants

To apply for a Housing Opportunity Program Grant, review the regulations for the appropriate funding level and download the application for that level.

Level One Regulations 

  • Funding is available to host either an Employer-Assisted Housing or Expanding Housing Opportunities class or other educational activity such as a speaker who can address specific affordable housing issues impacting your community.
  • Funding is available only to local and state REALTOR® associations (other EAH and EHO Sponsors are not eligible to apply).
  • Requests of up to $1,500 may be made; however, a lesser amount may be awarded.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 30 days before the date of the class. 
  • Associations that want to host the EAH or EHO class must submit the Class Notification Form before submitting the grant application. 
  • Applications cannot be submitted for an event that has already taken place.
  • Associations may submit only one Level 1 application per calendar year.

 Download the Level 1 Application - Complete the questions, save the file, and then email it to the address provided on the application.

Level Two Regulations

  • Funding is available only to local and state REALTOR® associations.
  • Requests of up to $5,000 can be made; however, a lesser amount may be awarded.
  • Multiple associations can apply for grants for the same activity; however, the combined funding request cannot exceed $5,000.
  • Applications cannot be submitted for an activity that has already taken place.
  • Applications cannot be submitted for an activity previously supported by a Housing Opportunity Program Grant.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for the following: a direct contribution to another organization; as fundraising dollars; as money to hold a fundraiser; to pay for staff time/hours.
  • Activities that are complex, ongoing, involve partnerships and/or have a broad community reach tend to qualify for higher levels of funds than one-time events (such as workshops, fairs, forums, and similar activities) or activities that benefit only one family/individual.
  • Funds that are not used within one year of receipt must be returned to NAR.
  • Recipients must complete an evaluation upon the completion of the activity for which funds were received.
  • Failure to complete the evaluation will cause the association to be ineligible to apply for future Housing Opportunity Program Grants.

Level 2 Funding Decisions

Level 2 applications will be reviewed by a group of leaders and members of the Housing Opportunity Committee. The group will consider the following when making funding decisions:

  • Alignment with Housing Opportunity Program goal
    Does the proposed activity support the goal of positioning, educating, and assisting Realtors® to create housing opportunities for all?
  • Quality of the proposed activity
    Is the proposed activity of high-quality with a clear purpose, well-defined action items, and measurable goals?
  • Commitment
    Does the proposed activity involve a significant level of commitment from the applicant in terms of member involvement, financial contribution, and staff time?
  • Critical need
    Does the applicant explain how the proposed activity will address a specific affordable housing need in the area served by the association.

Download examples of activities previously funded by Housing Opportunity Program Grants.

Download the Level 2 Application

Download a Tip Sheet for completing a Level 2 application.

Complete the Level 2 Evaluation – Recipients must complete an evaluation upon the completion of the activity for which funds were awarded.

 For further information, contact:

Wendy Penn
Manager, Housing Opportunity Program
National Association of REALTORS®
500 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
202/383-7504
202/434-9693 (fax)
wpenn@realtors.org