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Placemaking Micro-Grant

NAR’s Placemaking Initiative encourages REALTOR® associations, and their members, to engage in Placemaking in their communities.  Many Placemaking activities, often referred to as Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, are small, inexpensive, and incremental community projects.  They do not need to cost a lot of money to get off the ground.   Nor do they need to take a lot of time to plan and complete.  But, these smaller types of Placemaking activities can often help to improve a neighborhood and make it a better place to live, work and play.

NAR’s Placemaking Micro-Grant is available to REALTOR® associations to help them plan, organize, implement and maintain these types of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Placemaking activities in their communities.

I think NAR’s Placemaking Grant was one of the most fun grants we've ever gotten because it allowed us to be creative, artistic, and partner with the artists in our community which is something we don't normally do with other grants.” Connie Legris, Executive Officer, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS

We encourage you to review our Placemaking Guide and Spaces to Places blogbefore applying for a Placemaking Micro-Grant. 

For larger Placemaking activities that support land-use activities, i.e., Better Block or Main Street projects, associations can apply for a Smart Growth grant.

Grant Details & Application Process

  • Grantees:  State & local REALTOR® Associations.
    • Associations can be approved for 2 grants per year provided grants are for different projects.
    • A second application will not be reviewed until the “after” photo from the first project is submitted.
  • Funding Amounts:  Up to $2,500.
  • Applications Due:   Accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year through November.
  • Types of Projects Funded: 
  • Types of Projects Not Funded: See Tips to Increase Approval of Application
  • Grant Application and Requirements:  
    • Take a photo(s) of the current space to be used as a “before” photo.
    • Complete the online Application Form including the “before” photo(s). 
    • Application will be reviewed and staff will contact you within 10 days of receiving the application and photo.
      • Staff will schedule a brief phone call to discuss project and application.
    • If approved, grantees are required to submit the following to NAR within 3 months after the project was implemented:
      • After photo(s) of the project.
      • Brief report of what happened (i.e. use/visits by the community; media coverage; other community projects, outcomes, etc.).
    • Funds will be distributed via NAR’s new grant reimbursement policy as follows:
      • Association will submit to NAR proof of money spent totaling the amount of the grant award. 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.
      • The request for reimbursement must be made within 90 days of the completion of the project for which the grant was awarded.
      • Once all documentation is received, NAR will send the association a check in the amount of the incurred costs.
      • Associations will not be able to submit another application for one year if funds were not used as described in application.
  • We encourage you to consider having a “ribbon cutting” ceremony or similar event and inviting the community, stakeholders and media and include that in your report.

Disclaimer: NAR disclaims any and all responsibility related to the Association’s Placemaking project. The Association shall indemnify and hold harmless NAR, its officers, directors, employees, and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, which arise in any way from the Association’s Placemaking project, including but not limited to any harm or damages that may arise.

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