International Travel Grants
The objective of the National Association of REALTORS® International Travel Grants program is to equitably provide reimbursement to President’s Liaisons who travel to their assigned country to represent NAR. In addition to facilitating business between U.S. REALTORS® and members of NAR's Cooperating Associations, President's Liaisons analyze the structure of the real estate professions in their assigned countries and recommend ways to promote International REALTOR® membership and NAR's educational programs, certifications and designations, with the NAR's Cooperating Associations, or with other potential partners.
These grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s assigned country. Grants cannot be provided for travel to regional real estate conferences and meetings in countries other than the assigned country, or for domestic travel to NAR meetings for hosting visiting delegations. For details on job responsibilities of President’s Liaisons, please read the Program Overview.
Grants are issued as reimbursements; applicants must complete a trip report and expense report within 30 days of return (see below for reimbursement policy). Requests for full funding may not be granted, so applicants should be prepared to cover a percentage of foreign travel through other means. Grant award amounts may be determined based on resources and will be prioritized by the leadership of the Global Alliances Advisory Subcommittee and the Global Business and Alliances Committee. Grant recipients must attend the bi-annual meeting of the NAR Global Alliances Advisory Subcommittee. Direct requests for NAR-member travel from foreign Cooperating Associations will be frowned upon; Cooperating Association needs should be incorporated into the applicant’s proposal.
Grant Award Criteria and Priorities. Travel grants will be prioritized based on applicants’ involvement in NAR International activities. Applicants should be scheduled to make a presentation at the following types of events abroad (ranked in order of priority):
- National Association General Membership Meeting (contact NAR for scheduling assistance)
- National Association Education Conference
- International real estate conference or event in assigned country
- Other: Regional conference, MLS task force, or general housing meeting in assigned country
For recommendations on programming likely to be approved for funding, please consult the attached “Suggested Goals and Objectives for Traveling on NAR Official International Business.”
Eligibility: These travel funds are provided by the National Association of REALTORS® Global Business and Alliances division. Applicants must be REALTORS® and NAR President’s Liaisons. Applicants must attend at least one meeting of the Global Alliances Advisory Subcommittee each year to be eligible for grants. No more than one grant per applicant per year will be awarded. Partial travel support from the applicant’s local/state Association of REALTORS® or other sources is welcome and does not make the applicant ineligible.
Application Deadlines: There will be three grant periods per year, with applications due November 30, January 4 and June 15. Priority will be given to grant applications that advance the international objectives of the National Association of REALTORS® (see NAR International Strategic Plan for details of objectives).
An applicant should send copies of:
- a Travel Grant application (see attached), which includes the conference name, conference dates and location (city/country), and amount of support requested;
- a description of the presentation/educational programming the requestor has been asked to make by the Cooperating Association to be visited, and a description of how the proposed travel would benefit the National Association of REALTORS® Global Network;
- a brief description of any non-NAR business you expect to conduct while traveling to the country;
- a budget for the proposed travel;
- a list of all current and pending travel funding (local/state association and/or other sources) and the amounts available for your proposed trip.
Send a complete copy of the application materials to:
National Association of REALTORS®
Global Networks, attn: Bruno Crosby
430 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Via fax: 1-312-329-8358; via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is for receipt date, not for postmark date. Applications will be reviewed within thirty days of each Travel Grant Deadline.
Reimbursement Policy: To receive reimbursement, travel must be pre-approved by NAR Global Business and Alliances. Following travel, grant recipients must submit a trip report (guidelines are provided) as well as the program content (if different from an NAR-supplied presentation) provided/presented in the assigned country.
Expenses are paid through reimbursement only; grant recipients must use their own funds and then request reimbursement via NAR member expense report within 30 days of return. If grant recipients fail to request approval prior to traveling abroad on behalf of NAR, there is no guarantee that expense reimbursements will be processed. Expense reports must include original receipts for any expenses $75 or greater. See NAR member travel policy for complete details.
Questions? Call Bruno Crosby at 312 329 8829 or e-mail him at the address provided above.
Suggested Goals and Objectives for Traveling on NAR
Official International Business
Note: Applicants should review the NAR Global Business and Alliances Goals and International Networks Advisory Group Goals for additional direction on objectives.
1. Membership, Education, Event Promotion/Sponsorship: creation of non-dues revenue for NAR Global
- International REALTOR® Membership
- CIPS Network Membership
- Membership in NAR institutes, societies and councils
- CIPS courses
- Other NAR courses (e.g. GRI, ABR courses)
- NAR Affiliate courses (e.g. TRC, CCIM, IREM, etc.)
- Obtaining sponsorhip from abroad for events/booths at the REALTORS® Annual Conference and Expo (International Networking Center, International Night Out, etc.)
- Generating attendance at NAR Events
- Acquiring sponsorship of international initiavties from related organizations such as title companies, real estate franchies, banks, etc.
2. Business Development
- Promoting connections between members of your Cooperating Association and NAR members
- Facilitating introductions that foster market-to-market relationships
3. International Real Estate Advocacy: promotion of private property rights and professionalism of the real industry abroad
Private Property Rights
- Funding of the International Housing Coalition
- Continuing efforts initiated by the International Real Property Foundation
Professionalism of the Real Estate Industry
- Licensing work/cooperation with ARELLO
- Publicly speaking on the role of REALTORS in the U.S. real estate market
4. Technology: Preparing Associations for International Business or Affiliation in International organizations
- Activities that lay the groundwork for future business development with NAR members of membership in international organizations, like the creation of a local or state-wide MLS.