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Housing Opportunity Grant Regulations

 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).
  • Activities and events supported by the Housing Opportunity grant program must take place within the jurisdiction of the association that was awarded the grant.
  • 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.

  Level Two Regulations

  • Funding is available only to local and state REALTOR® associations.
  • Activities and events supported by the Housing Opportunity grant program must take place within the jurisdiction of the association that was awarded the grant.
  • 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 Two Funding Decisions

Level Two 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.

 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