March 21, 2011
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National Housing Endowment
2012 HELP Grant Applications Due Friday, March 25

The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, is seeking applications for the 2012 HELP — Homebuilding Education Leadership Program — grants from colleges and universities to help fund improvements to their residential construction programs and increase the number of qualified graduates entering the industry.

The proposals are due Friday, March 26.

The endowment established the HELP initiative in 2006 to bolster or start residential construction management programs in two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country and to increase the number of qualified graduates entering the industry. To date, the endowment has awarded more than $1.5 million in HELP grants.

Even though funding for the 2012 grants is extremely limited, Gary Garczynski, endowment chairman and 2002 NAHB president, said that, “During these challenging times, the endowment continues to be committed to the advancement of the residential construction industry and encouraging the best and brightest to enter the housing industry.”

Previous HELP grant recipients include California Baptist University, California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo, Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeColorado State University, East Carolina University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Jefferson State Community College, John A. Logan College, Middle Tennessee State University, The University of Nebraska – Lincoln, North Dakota State University, Northern Kentucky University, Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburg State University, Purdue University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University and Western Carolina University.

For more information on HELP grants, call the endowment at 800-368-5242 x8069, or visit

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