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Oakland | Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Grants Program

OBAR Grant System

Since 2006, the Oakland Berkeley Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) Community Funds Committee has awarded annual grants to support essential community programs with the belief that our children represent our future and that housing is a fundamental need. The committee annually solicits grant applications providing grant awards that target community programs addressing Youth Art & Education, Workforce Housing & Homeless and Senior Services & Community Activities. Funds are raised from regular agents commission contributions, donations from vendors, affiliate partners, corporate sponsors and participants in the Oral Lee Brown 5K Walk-A-Thon.

The Community Funds Committee is composed of a group of civic minded Association members who serve as a liaison between our Membership and our surrounding communities.

Funding Priorities:

  • Programs where our contributions can help equalize opportunities for children of all social and economic backgrounds
  • Youth education programs
  • Food & nutrition programs addressing children, senior and homeless hunger and nutritional issues
  • Organizations directly benefiting the homeless population and advocacy groups seeking long-term solutions to the housing crisis
  • Organizations and programs providing affordable workforce and senior housing within our communities
  • Organizations directly benefiting the senior population and advocacy groups support services
Grants are for non-profits in Youth Arts and Education, Workforce Housing and Homeless, and Senior Services Community Activities in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont and Richmond.

How to apply

Grant submission period is January 31 - March 31, 2017

Eligibility Guidelines

  • We support programs in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont and Richmond.
  • Requests for grants should be specific to a targeted use for funds rather than seeking a donation to a general fund. Grants will not be given to the general funds of any organization.

Sources of Funds

REALTORS® and Affiliate Members support OBAR's Community Funds through voluntary contributions and participation in our annual program of fundraising events. Grant awards will range from $500 to $3,500.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact grants@theobaor.org.

Application Open:
Jan 31, 2017
Application Close:
Mar 31, 2017

Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS®
2855 Telegraph Ave. Suite 600
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: 510-809-4544
Email: grants@theobar.org
Oakland Berkeley Association of REALTORS Awards