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Community Outreach Grants for Online Events

Can’t Hold Your Event In-Person? Use a Community Outreach Grant to Host it Online. Leverage a Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth and/or Fair Housing grant to position your association as a leader by hosting an online event addressing affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education. If you need more information, application deadlines and/or clarification about whether the event meets grant criteria, contact Wendy Penn for Housing Opportunity or Hugh Morris for Smart Growth and Fair Housing.

Community Outreach Virtual Grant Coaching Sessions

State and Local Associations are invited to schedule one-on-one sessions via Webex with Community Outreach Staff to brainstorm ways to address affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education VIRTUALLY using a Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth and/or Fair Housing grant. Overview of critical steps to success for developing grant ideas and writing a compelling application provided.

Community Outreach Grant Extension Process

As you may know, state and local associations receiving approval for a Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking or Fair Housing grant must use the award within one year or be forfeited back to NAR. If your association is participating in an activity supported by a grant that has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 that impacts your ability to meet the one-year deadline, please contact Christine Windle, Director, Community Outreach, 202/383-1135 for an extension. Extended Community Outreach grants activity must be completed by October 31, 2020.

2020 REALTOR® Party Travel Team

Beginning April 1, members of the 2020 REALTOR® Party Travel Team are available to “dial-in” and speak to your group if your association is hosting a virtual meeting or event. Offerings are quick, 5- to 10-minute issue overviews on topics such as GOTV (Get Out the Vote), voter registration, fair housing activities, community outreach programs, and other REALTOR® Party programs and services.

Regular Price of association visit: Varies / RTRN 2020 virtual price: $0.00

Consumer Advocacy Outreach Grants

Consumer Advocacy Outreach Grants can be used for online consumer advocacy education. For example, if an association wanted to do an advocacy education web series on a specific policy issue or host an online meeting re: tax policy, the grant could be used. This would be a great way to communicate any changes in real estate transactions affected by COVID-19 that state or local associations want to communicate to consumers. State or local associations can apply for a grant up to $35,000 (associations are required to invest 10% of the grant total toward the campaign).

Relief Measures

The National Association of REALTORS® is committed to ensuring that lawmakers continue to take into consideration the real estate industry, including independent contractors and small business owners.

Resource for At-Risk Homeowners

A new resource from NAR gives associations and members a tool to help homeowners who are struggling to meet their loan obligations due to COVID-19. The Protect Your Investment brochure offers guidance on working with trusted professionals like REALTORS® and housing counselors at HUD-approved agencies. The brochure also provides information about payment options offered by lenders and tips for avoiding scams.

Associations and REALTORS® may add their logo to the cover of the brochure for a customized look. To make distribution to homeowners easy, we suggest associations and members post the brochure to their website, then link to it in a newsletter, social media post, or direct email.

Download the brochure and review steps to add your logo.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

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