NAR is making more money available to state and local associations to enhance programs in two important areas: member safety and engaging younger members in the association.
In June, NAR announced that state and local REALTOR® associations can apply for grants of between $500 and $2,500 to promote member safety. This follows a Core Standards requirement put in place a year ago that all associations must hold or promote at least one member safety activity annually. Examples of association safety programs eligible for a grant include hiring a professional speaker to present to members, creating a safety manual or marketing materials, or creating a safety webinar for members. Safety program grant applications are due annually in July. For more information on the NAR Safety Program Grant, contact Breanne Gingerich at email@example.com or 312-329-3278.
Associations looking to establish or relaunch a Young Professionals Network group can apply to NAR for funds up to $1,000 each. The grant money is intended to provide YPNs with a means to connect with members and build involvement through education, networking, or other events. Four new network grants, at $1,000 each, and four revitalized network grants, at $500 each, will be available each year. The YPN Advisory Board will review applications and award grants on a quarterly basis. In addition, the Board of Directors also approved a YPN website revamp. The YPN Advisory Board is just beginning the planning the project, but the goal of the new site is to provide YPN members with content, videos, information, and resources that will help them grow and sustain their business. For more on YPN grants and programs, contact Rob Reuter at firstname.lastname@example.org.