Your REALTOR® membership invests in our community

As REALTORS®, you have a vested interest in the vibrancy of your community. This includes better land use planning techniques, expanding housing opportunities, job creation/development and creating great public spaces for all to enjoy. We are leveraging your REALTOR® membership fees – at the national level – by returning your dollars back to the local level and investing in initiatives on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

A portion of your National Association of REALTORS® membership fees gives your local association access to many grant programs. These programs play an important role in bringing the funds you pay to the national association back to the local level to improve our community and make it a better place to live and work.

For example, in 2016 alone, CCIAOR used $68,411.93 of NAR funds in grants to pay for a combination of services or as direct funding of programs CCIAOR ran or funded in our community across Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. These funds were membership fees you paid to the National Association of REALTORS® that CCIAOR went and got back to make a difference in our community.

In 2017, CCIAOR has already received funding in excess of $70,000 with several more local impact projects on the horizon in the awards of grants and services from NAR.

Among the projects in our community NAR is helping fund include:

  • Our Cape-wide push for by-right accessory dwelling bylaws;
  • Legal reviews of proposed land use bylaws, zoning changes and housing initiatives proposed by local governments;
  • Sponsorship of the Age-Friendly Yarmouth Housing Forum;
  • Sponsorship of the CCYP Shape Your Cape Summit to promote housing options for young professionals;
  • Consultants to teach our members and condo owners how to get condo complexes FHA-approved and a public outreach campaign to tell condo owners of the benefits of FHA eligibility.

CCIAOR is always looking for more projects where we can help invest resources into making Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket better places to live and to promote what REALTORS® see as worthy, quality projects. You, the member, are more invested in your town than anyone else, so we want you to engage with us by letting us know where we can help spur good ideas and move important initiatives along.

NAR provides these funds through grants that your local association can apply for. They are divided up into several different categories, so please take a look and see how we may be to leverage these funds for use in your town. The categories are:

  • Smart Growth: NAR’s Smart Growth Action Grants support a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities. Activities have the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development that meets one or more of the NAR’s 10 Smart Growth Principles. The project should also raise the profile of REALTORS® as community leaders and enhance REALTOR® relationships with local elected officials. Maximum grant: $25,000
  • Housing Opportunities: Housing Opportunity grants funds programs that create more housing opportunities, promote housing affordability and position REALTORS® as the leaders on housing affordability. These grants are not used for the creation of housing or for organizations providing Affordable Housing, but rather initiatives to raise the awareness, need and understanding of housing affordability, opportunities and solutions. Maximum grant: $15,000
  • Placemaking: The Placemaking Grant’s goal is to transform underused or unused spaces into vibrant gathering places accessible to everyone in a community. They focus on lighter, quicker, cheaper Placemaking projects, which are smaller, less inexpensive and incremental community projects. These smaller types of Placemaking projects can help to enhance a neighborhood and encourage additional public spaces to be created in a community — such as pocket parks, trails, pedestrian plazas and community garden. The grant can be used to fund projects that will have a bigger impact on a community by building gathering spots; creating destinations; bringing life to downtowns; and preserving open spaces. Maximum grant opportunity: $5,000

To get more involved in these efforts of CCIAOR or to bring to our attention a potential project to help, contact CCIAOR Director of Association Services Marissa Cyr at or Member Programs Director Patricia Pry at