NC REALTORS® 2021 Innovation Grant Recipients

Create the next level of a voter promotion/get out the vote campaign geared towards municipal election as well as how investing in PAC dovetails into this process

Five local REALTOR® associations were recently awarded 2021 Innovation Grants by NC REALTORS®. Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS®, Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association, Land Of The Sky Association of REALTORS®,  High Point Regional Association of REALTORS® and Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® each received a $5,000 grant. The grant program funds innovative community programs across the state, which closely align with the REALTOR® mission and values. NC REALTORS® sought out programs, events, or plans that change the way the real estate industry is perceived or how business is conducted with an emphasis on promoting affordable housing.

“We are excited about the work our local associations are doing within their communities during these hard times by continuing to elevate the REALTOR® brand,” stated Andrea Bushnell, Esq., CEO of NC REALTORS®. “This grant program acknowledges the powerful impact of REALTORS® across the state, and the associations rewarded with this round of grant funding excelled in delivering value to our members and communities through innovative thinking and programming.”

Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®’s vision is to increase voter awareness on the local level through launching a campaign via social media and dedicated website with engaging content. Encouraging everyone to vote in a municipal election, promoting REALTOR® candidates is very important in the area. Brunswick County has 19 municipalities and often has over 100 candidates running throughout the county.

Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS® (CRCBR), in conjunction with other community partners will offer online pre-licensing classes to students at Johnson C. Smith University. This is offered during the newly launched real estate course – students participate in an internship/shark tank program the first part of the semester (through Project Destined) and then have the option to continue their education with the pre-licensing course. CRCBR will also offer speakers and mentors in an ongoing effort to connect with the course alumni.


Land Of The Sky Association of REALTORS®, in addition to numerous local groups, is partnering with Solarize Asheville-Buncombe, a newly formed renewable energy coalition, to provide subsidized (both in whole and in part, depending on income level and system cost) renewable-energy solar systems to households in Low to Moderate Income (LMI)/underserved communities, of which communities of color make up a disproportionate share.

High Point Regional Association of REALTORS®’s campaign REALTORS® are Fans of Yours promotes assistance, stability, and growth of private property ownership. These efforts also help to maintain and strengthen their role as the ‘Voice for Real Estate in this Market’.

The Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association ARP Advocacy Community Coordination Workshops NC REALTORS® Innovative Grant Program is designed to have regional REALTORS® take leadership and work directly with allied community organizations and agencies to influence and coordinate policies and goals for the spending of federal Covid-19 stimulus funds, specifically for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) 2-year funds. The Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association (GRRA) will work with the Transit Alliance of the Piedmont nonprofit and other allied partners to coordinate a series of focused inclusive workshops with important stakeholders in the Piedmont Triad region of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. The stakeholders will include REALTORS®, developers, public agencies, elected officials, nonprofit advocacy groups, social service providers, universities, transit agencies and others who traditionally have a proven strong interest in using public funding to enhance connections for our community to better jobs, quality homes, improved health outcomes for minorities, parks and other public amenities.



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