NAR Safety Program Reimbursement Grant

Provides funding/assistance to state and local REALTOR® Associations to help implement a safety initiative for their members, and to encourage ongoing awareness of REALTOR® Safety.

Grants are available up to $2,500. Total funding is limited.

Examples of association safety programs include:

  • Hiring a professional speaker to present to members
  • Creating a safety manual or marketing materials
  • Creating a safety webinar for members

Application Timeline

  • March 1, 2024: Application period opens.
  • April 5, 2024: All application materials due.
  • June 5, 2024: Grant recipients announced.
  • November 22, 2024: Completion of the project.
  • November 29, 2024: All receipts/requests for reimbursement due to NAR for payment.

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Project Requirements

Only state and local REALTOR® associations can apply.

The project/activity must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Creates a new or enhanced product, program, process, or service to encourage and promote REALTOR® safety.
  • Educates REALTORS® on the importance of having, and ways to implement a safety plan.
  • Demonstrates a realistic budget and timeline necessary to complete the project/activity in 2024.
  • Adaptable by other REALTOR® associations.

(Note: These criteria will be used for every submission received during the selection process.)

Funding reimbursement amount: Up to $2,500 per association, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria.

  • Due to limited funding, not all applicants will receive grants.
  • NAR does not fulfill requests for funding toward general operating expenses or projects/programs that have already taken place or been completed before the announcement of the grant recipients.

Project Completion

The project must be completed by November 22, 2024, so receipts can be submitted by November 29, 2024.

Within 1 month after the project is completed, proceed to:

  • Email photos and a summary of your Association Safety Program, including an outline of the program, key takeaways and the number of attendees, if applicable.
  • This information could be posted on nar.realtor/safety as an example of how REALTOR® Associations successfully used the REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant.
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Disbursement of Reimbursement Funds

Reimbursement funds will be distributed after you complete the following steps:

1. Submit proof of how funds were spent.

  • Acceptable forms of proof include an invoice, signed contract, receipts, and canceled checks.

2. The request for reimbursement must be made before November 29, 2024, or the reimbursement grant is forfeited.

Once all documentation is received, NAR will process the check request to qualifying grantees.

  • Checks can be payable to your association or board.

It usually takes between two to three weeks for the check to be processed and mailed out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application form sample available?

Download this document to see the application form:

Sample application form

What would happen if I don’t use the funds as described on my original application or if the project/activity doesn’t take place?

Associations will not be permitted to submit an NAR REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant application the following year if funds were not used as described in the application, or if requests for reimbursement were not made before November 29, 2024.

Can a brokerage, institute or affiliate group apply for the REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant?

Only state and local REALTOR® associations can apply.

Connect With Us

For more information on the REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant, reach out to
Bernelly Gamboa at bgamboa@nar.realtor or safety@nar.realtor.

Previous Safety Grant Recipients

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2023

Thank you to all associations that applied for a 2023 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, association-wide review process. The following associations have been selected as this year’s recipients:

  • Albemarle Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Ashland Area Board of REALTORS®
  • Delta Association of REALTORS®
  • Four Corners REALTORS®
  • Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Lincoln County Board of REALTORS®
  • Los Angeles Southwest Association of REALTORS®
  • Memphis Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • Nampa Association of REALTORS®
  • New Mexico Association of REALTORS®
  • North Central Indiana Association of REALTORS®
  • North San Diego County REALTORS®
  • Ozark Gateway Association of REALTORS®
  • Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS®
  • REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley
  • San Antonio Board of REALTORS®
  • South Dakota REALTORS®
  • Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS®
  • St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS®
  • Staten Island Board of REALTORS®
  • Tarrant County Realtist Women's Council

2022

Thank you to all Associations that applied for a 2022 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following Associations have been selected as this year’s recipients:

  • Bay East Association of REALTORS®
  • Caldwell Board of REALTORS®
  • East Valley AOR
  • Etowah Cherokee Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Providence Board of REALTORS® and Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS®
  • Howard County Association of REALTORS
  • Iowa Association of REALTORS®
  • Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Lassen Association of REALTORS®
  • Mississippi REALTORS®
  • Omaha Area Board of REALTORS®
  • Ozark Gateway Association of REALTORS®
  • REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley
  • REALTORS® Association of Maui
  • REALTORS® of Greater Augusta
  • Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of REALTORS®
  • Southern Oklahoma Board of REALTORS®
  • Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS®
  • Sunflower Association of REALTORS®
  • West San Gabriel Valley REALTORS®

2021

Thank you to all Associations that applied for a 2021 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following Associations have been selected as this year’s recipients:

  • Alaska REALTORS®
  • Bonita Springs-Estero REALTORS®
  • Branch County Association of REALTORS®
  • Central Missouri Board of REALTORS®
  • Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®
  • Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS®
  • High Point Regional Association of REALTORS®
  • Howard County Association of REALTORS®
  • Iowa Association of REALTORS®
  • Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS®
  • Lubbock Association of REALTORS®
  • Missoula Organization of REALTORS®
  • North Bay Association of REALTORS®
  • Northeast Tennessee Association of REALTORS®
  • Northwest Mississippi Association of REALTORS®
  • Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS®
  • Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Southeastern Indiana Board of REALTORS®
  • Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS®
  • Springfield Board of REALTORS®
  • Sussex County Association of REALTORS®

2020

Thank you to all Associations that applied for a 2020 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following Associations have been selected as this year’s recipients:

  • Aurora Board of REALTORS®
  • Baldwin REALTORS®
  • Beaver County Association of REALTORS®
  • Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®, Inc.
  • Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®
  • Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Heartland Association of REALTORS®
  • Joshua Tree Gateway Association of REALTORS®
  • Kentucky REALTORS®
  • Minnesota REALTORS®
  • New Jersey REALTORS®
  • North Dakota Association of REALTORS®
  • North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®
  • Ohio REALTORS®
  • Oregon Association of REALTORS®
  • Ozark Gateway Association of REALTORS®
  • Quad City Area REALTORS®
  • San Antonio Board of REALTORS®
  • Western Magic Valley REALTORS®
  • White Mountain Board of REALTORS®
  • Whitman County Association of REALTORS®

Thank you for keeping REALTOR® Safety at the forefront of your mind, and for educating your members about the importance of having safety protocols in place as they conduct their business. Safety starts with a plan, and the time for planning is now.

2019

Thank you to the more than 60 Associations that submitted an application for a 2019 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following five Associations have been selected as this year’s recipients:

  • New Jersey REALTORS®
  • Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS®
  • Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®
  • Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®
  • Southern Adirondack REALTORS® Association

Thank you for keeping REALTOR® Safety at the forefront of your mind, and for educating your members on the importance of having safety protocols in place as they conduct their business. Safety starts with a plan, and the time for planning is now.

2018

Thank you to the more than 50 Associations that submitted an application for a 2018 REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following four Associations were selected as 2018’s recipients: 

  • Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (NM) 
  • Greater Providence Board of REALTORS®/Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS® / Rhode Island Commercial and Appraisal Board of REALTORS® (RI) 
  • Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® (CA) 
  • Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (AZ) 

2017

The following four Associations were selected as 2017 recipients:

Atlanta REALTORS® Association ($2,500)

The Atlanta REALTORS® Association used 2017 REALTORS® Safety Reimbursement Grant funding to create six 5-minute videos, “Take 5 for Safety", dealing with safety protocols, common scenarios licensees might encounter, and self-defense demonstrations. The strategy was to limit videos to 5 minutes to help entice agents who otherwise don’t dedicate time to the topic of safety, due to busy lifestyles and limited interest spans. The goal of the series is to raise members' awareness of the risks associated with the real estate industry. The series features two local detectives, Captain Ken Malcom and Captain Philip Bradford, who teach Safety courses through Atlanta REALTORS® School, the Georgia Institute of Real Estate. Topics include: Avoiding Dangerous Situations, Rear Bear Hug Attack, Rear Choke Hold Attack, and Front Choke Attack. Videos are accessible on YouTube, as well as several Association websites, so ARA can share this information to over 10,000 REALTORS®, as well as the public. Watch the videos here.

Orange County Association of REALTORS® ($2,500)

Safety Program Reimbursement Grant for Orange County

The Orange County Association of REALTORS® used 2017 REALTORS® Safety Reimbursement Grant funding to assist with hosting a "REALTOR® Safety Boot Camp" taught by Jeff Liberman, President, Crisis Control Solutions. Topics included: Situational Awareness, Protective Intelligence, Office Safety, and Personal Safety. In this dynamic presentation, attendees learned how to recognize the significant threats endemic to the real estate industry, including the targeting of real estate agents by career criminals and sex offenders, and how to verify the identities of prospective clients and screen them for criminal and civil litigation histories, concerning character issues, and potential violence. Key takeaways for members included: developing skills to analyze neighborhoods for crime patterns, sex offenders, and other hazards; gaining valuable insight into criminal behavior and the psychology of survival; and acquiring practical skills to detect, deter, and disengage from violent predators. From the seminar, OCAR is producing a 5-video series that will be available to view for free on their website in Spring 2018.

OCAR also held an Active Shooter Response Training for OCAR staff taught by Glen Garrity, a retired 21-year police detective and owner of G2 Safeguards. This seminar was based on Department of Homeland Security principals, with the benefit of increasing the odds of every OCAR staff person’s survival.

Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® ($2,500)

Safety Program Reimbursement Grant for Portland Metropolitan

Portland Metro Association of REALTORS® used 2017 REALTORS® Safety Reimbursement Grant funding to assist with funding a Safety Series that was scheduled during REALTOR® Safety Month. The series consisted of social media posts and events that reached different target audiences to provide maximum exposure to the importance of REALTOR® safety.

Carl Carter Jr was the keynote speaker at a membership luncheon hosted by PMAR’s Masters Circle (Million Dollar Club). Over a hundred REALTORS® registered to hear Carl tell his mother's harrowing story and talk about how that event inspired him to start a Foundation whose mission is to ensure every REALTOR® comes home safe.

PMAR’s Young Professional Network collaborated with an affiliate member, Empowered Focused Self Defense, to host a 4-hour safety workshop. The workshop covered general personal safety, REALTOR® safety during open houses and when showing property, physical escape techniques and scenario practice. This dynamic and interactive class was taken by 25 REALTORS® of varying ages and experience levels.

The social media component utilized our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to promote REALTOR® Safety. Content was posted that included event details, videos, statistical information, infographics, REALTOR Benefits® Program safety products and services, and tips from NAR.

PMAR’s Safety Series raised awareness about safety on the job, helped our members be more knowledgeable about safety techniques and empowered them to take control during potentially dangerous situations. Attendees to the events left feeling more informed about REALTOR® Safety and learned techniques to defend themselves if needed.

Utah Association of REALTORS® ($2,500)

The Utah Association of REALTORS® used 2017 REALTORS® Safety Reimbursement Grant funding to assist with the cost of hosting a REALTOR® Safety Seminar and Safety Fair in September 2017. For the seminar, they brought in Sgt. Dave Kochanowski from Unified Police to talk about important safety topics for REALTORS®, including situational awareness, self-defense, and tips for how to prevent becoming a victim. He also talked about current trends in local crime and dangerous misconceptions about crime in their local area. At the end of Kochanowski’s training, they had a Damsel in Defense representative talk about how to use various safety products such as stun guns, pepper spray, etc.

UAR also took the opportunity to advertise its REALTOR® Safe Places program to the REALTORS® and affiliates attending. The Safe Places program connects REALTORS® with affiliate offices. This allows REALTORS® when they are away from the office to meet new clients in a safe environment before showing property to them.

Exhibitors of UAR’s Safety Fair included safety products, hazard information, tech tools, and MLS resources. To make the event more financially feasible, they filled in remaining booths with general sponsors to help cover event costs. They had approximately 475 attendees (exceeding than their goal of 400). Following the seminar and Safety Fair, viewers of REALTOR® Safety Place website increased by 28%.