Written by Heather Tenney, Vice President of Member Services, Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®
The Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) used NAR’s Placemaking grant to landscape two areas of a dog park inside the East Bay Park in the City of Georgetown, SC.
Reprinted from the Safe Routes Partnership blog. Written by Natasha Riveron.
In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has brought lots of uncertainty to our everyday lives.
Written by Missy Vanderpool, Association Executive, Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors®
The Henderson Audubon Board of REALTORS® used NAR's placemaking grants to transform a vacant lot into a beautiful gathering place for the entire community.
Written by Bridget Anderson, Patronicity
Crowdgranting taps into the communities ideas, skills, resources, and funds can make placemaking more powerful. Whether it’s an empty alleyway or an abandoned silo, these are spaces that need change and are ripe for improvement from a community that has a stake in how these problems are solved.
Written by Erin McFeeters, Content Coordinator, New Jersey REALTORS®
What was once a vacant lot on Centre Street in Trenton, NJ is now an educational community garden for the Boys and Girls Club. The NJ Realtors® Housing Opportunity Foundation donated $5,000 towards the cause plus pursued a $5,000 Placemaking Grant through NAR for a small library.
Community Outreach Programs
Housing Opportunity Grant
Housing Opportunity Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ affordable housing activities. The goal of the program is to position REALTORS® as leaders in improving their communities by creating affordable housing
Smart Growth Grant
Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement. The Smart Growth Program offers state and local REALTOR® Associations to way to engage with government officials, community partners and the general public in planning and designing community’s future.
Planned diversity initiatives makes good business sense. REALTOR® Associations with well-planned diversity programs create a stronger sense of community, particularly in neighborhoods with high concentrations of foreign-born and minority residents who are moving up the socioeconomic ladder and are buying homes.
NAR Placemaking Resources
Placemaking Guide: A Guide to Transform a Public Space into a Community Place
REALTORS® and state and local association staff can learn the details of Placemaking, the kinds of projects placemaking entails, how to organize them, and where to go for assistance and resources.
Placemaking Webinar Series
Our Placemaking Webinar Series will provide more in depth information on the various types of Placemaking and how REALTORS® were involved in Placemaking activities in their communities.
The Placemaking Grant funds the creation of new public spaces, like pocket parks, trails & gardens, in a community. The grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less than $200,000.