The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation promotes safe and attainable housing, advances homeownership for all Coloradans and provides housing-related disaster assistance to our neighbors in need.
Coloradans to achieve the American dream of homeownership.
The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation serves Colorado REALTORS® as the philanthropic and community engagement arm of the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.
Be a part of promoting safe and affordable housing, advancing homeownership and housing related disaster assistance! Check back to apply for the Foundation Board of Directors!
The Colorado Association of REALTORS® Foundation (The Foundation) began in 1960 as the CAR Education Foundation. It was created to further real estate education and research. In 1991, the CAR Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) was established. Grant funding began in 1993 to assist with safe and affordable housing throughout Colorado. The initial grant monies came from Colorado REALTOR® brokers and title companies who invested their client’s earnest money into interest bearing escrow accounts.
The interest earnings were then donated to CARHOF. Today, hundreds of Colorado brokers and title companies support the Foundation with interest earning contributions from escrow accounts. In 2018, the Foundation was established to combine the Educational Foundation and the Housing Opportunity Foundation under one philanthropic umbrella. At that time, the Foundation established the Disaster Relief Fund in response to the devastating fires and floods that plagued Colorado in 2013 and 2014.
Today, the Foundation is the philanthropic and community engagement arm of the Colorado REALTORS®, real estate agencies, title companies, builders and other affiliate partners who work collaboratively to advance safe and affordable housing programs, education for consumers on homeownership, and provide disaster relief to our neighbors in need.
The CAR Foundation has invested over $7.8 million over 25 years to support Colorado nonprofits that encourage safe and affordable housing, promote homeownership and provide disaster relief to our fellow Coloradans.
How to Apply:
The Foundation’s 2023 Grant Cycle: Invest in Colorado is now accepting Applications. Deadline closes Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Organizations approved for funding will be notified in November, and funds distributed before the end of the calendar year.
For more information and to submit an application, click here.
We also still have Marshall Fire relief grants available to qualified nonprofits working directly with victims. Organizations must:
Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000; applications will be accepted for disaster-related program support only, which can include financial assistance for victims.
Fire Relief grant cycle will remain open from January 10, 2022 through December 31, 2022, or until funds have been fully depleted, whichever occurs first. Applications will be evaluated each week and are due every Friday by end of business. Funds will be released weekly.
Advocates for Victims of Assault – Summit Advocates (Frisco)
Archway Housing – (Lakewood)
Chaffee Housing Trust – Buena Vista
Grand Junction Housing Authority – Grand Junction
Greccio Housing – Colorado Springs
Mercy Housing – Denver
Project Hope of Gunnison Valley – Gunnison
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Arvada
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence – Boulder
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence – Boulder
Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation – Denver
Veterans Community Project – Longmont
Since 1991, thousands of real estate brokers, owners and title companies across Colorado have supported the Foundation (and formerly CARHOF) in a substantial way by investing client’s earnest money in interest bearing escrow accounts and directing their financial institutions and/or title companies to transfer all interest earnings to the Foundation. This collaborative effort of thousands of partners has resulted in millions of dollars of investment in the Foundation’s programs to support safe and affordable housing over the last 25 years. The Foundation is grateful for the continued support of our partners! Thank you!
Supporting the Foundation’s Housing Program is easy! As the broker you have the opportunity to direct how your client’s earnest money is invested. You do not need the company’s or the banks permission to request that your client’s earnest money is invested in an interest-bearing escrow account.
Your company will be recognized as a Housing Program Partner on the Foundation’s website. You will also be invited to check presentations and will be recognized as a participating Partner whose support makes the Foundation’s grant-making possible.
Join the many title companies who support the Foundation by participating in the Housing Program funded by interest-bearing escrow accounts. Please complete and submit the Title Company Enrollment Form.
Your company will be recognized as a Housing Program Partner on the Foundation’s website. You will also be invited to check presentations and will be recognized as a participating Partner whose support makes the Foundation’s grantmaking possible.
Advantage Bank | Alpine Bank | Bank of Colorado | Bank of Estes Park | Bank of the West | Bank of the San Juans | Champion Bank | City Wide Bank | Collegiate Peaks Bank | Community Banks of Colorado | Evergreen National Bank | First Bank | First Citizens Bank | TBK Bank | First State Bank of Colorado | Guaranty Bank and Trust Company | Gunnison Bank and Trust | High Country Bank | Key Bank | Kirkpatrick Bank | Mountain View Bank of Commerce | Mutual of Omaha Bank | Pikes Peak National Bank | San Luis Valley Federal Bank | Yampa Valley Bank
Real Estate of Winter Park
RE/MAX Masters Millenium
True North Realty
Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®
The Evolution Group
Regents Real Estate Group
Summit Resort Group
LIV Sothebys Referral Network
Vail Board of REALTORS®
The Source for Pagosa Real Estate
Steamboat Mountain Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty NoCo
Re/Max Pueblo West
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Signature Properties
Re/Max Royal Gorge
The Group, Inc.- Harmony
Colorado Assoc. of REALTORS®