RRAR Grant Programs


Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® is proud to partner with local organizations as they work to grow and improve the lives of citizens in our communities. Through this program, municipalities and local community organizations have the ability to use grant funds for everything from educational activities to revitalization projects.

All grant applications are due no later than April 23rd, 2021. RRAR’s Government Policies and Issues Committee will review all applications and select one applicant per level, per grant category to advance on to our National Association of REALTORS® for final approval. There is no cost to submit applications for consideration. 

If approved, grant funding should be available to applicants in June 2021. Grant recipients will work with RRAR staff to ensure that all guidelines are met and that post-evaluation forms are completed.  

Smart Growth Grants

Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task. Whether your community is grappling with transportation and land use issues, crowded schools or open space, or working to bring vacant properties back to productive use, our Smart Growth program has resources to help your community plant seeds that will pay dividends for years to come. 

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. Based on the experience of communities around the nation that have used smart growth approaches to create and maintain great neighborhoods, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles: 

  1. Mix land uses 
  2. Take advantage of compact building design 
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices 
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods 
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place 
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas 
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities 
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices 
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective 
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions 

Smart Growth Grants support activities in a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities with the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development that meets one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles. 

RRAR Engagement: Smart Growth projects offer our members the opportunity to engage with community leaders in leading the planning and designing of a community’s future while enhancing REALTOR® relationships with local elected officials. 

Smart Growth - Level 1 

Level 1 Smart Growth Action Grants can be used to host the Smart Growth for the 21st Century Class or other educational activity such as a speaker who can address specific growth issues impacting your community. 

Grant funds are eligible for up to $1,500. 


Types of Level I Projects: Host a Smart Growth for the 21st Century Course, a Smart Growth Housing Summit 

Smart Growth - Level II 

Level 2 Smart Growth Action Grants provide seed funding to engage local land-use/transportation policy issues with other stakeholders and elected officials. 

Grant funds are eligible for up to $5,000. 

Types of Level II Projects: Better Block Project, host a Walkable Community Workshop, develop a land use plan.


Criteria: Municipalities or community organizations can apply 1x per category. Applications must be submitted in full by April 16th.

Placemaking Grants

Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live by transforming unused and underused sites and “eyesores” into welcoming destinations accessible to everyone in a community. 

Placemaking - Level I 

Level I Placemaking grants provide funds for demonstrations and temporary projects for communities to test the viability of long-range plans and investment initiatives that increase community livability and downtown revitalization. It is intended that these types of projects will lead to permanent projects.

Grant funds are eligible for up to $1,500.  

Types of Level I Projects: Temporary parklets, pop-up parks, pedestrian plazas, bike lanes. See: Pop-ups before Permanent Spaces 

RRAR Engagement: Placemaking projects offer our members the opportunity to engage in community outreach. RRAR, and its members, need to be involved in the planning, designing and/or building of the project.  

APPLY NOW FOR Placemaking Grant Level 1

Placemaking - Level II

**Please reach out to Melissa Kolodziej ([email protected]) if your organization is interested in a Level II Placemaking Grant.

Level II Placemaking grants fund the creation of new public spaces and destinations in a community accessible to everyone and open at all, or most, times. These grants focus on projects that can be built in less than a year with a total cost less than $200,000. 

Grant funds are eligible for up to $5,000. 

Types of Projects Funded: new parks, pocket parks, plazas, parklets, alley activations, trails, dog parks, play/fitness areas, community gardens. 


Criteria: Municipalities or community organizations can apply 1x per category. Applications must be submitted in full by April 16th.

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