The National Housing Endowment created the Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP) to support and invest in programs that address the ongoing needs in residential construction training. The goal of HELP is to encourage academic institutions to provide and/or develop programs in residential construction that respond to current issues affecting the home building industry and provide graduates with the tools and skills needed to prepare for the future. Another goal is to increase the number of qualified college graduates to enter the residential construction industry.

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SUCCESS OF THE HELP INITIATIVE Since 2006, we have developed strong partnerships with 44 colleges and universities across the country, and committed over $4.9 million in grants. The average grant amount is approximately $85,000. This investment has resulted in increased visibility of the residential construction industry and more students choosing a career in residential construction.


Number 1Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The LOI provides the HELP Program Advisory Committee with a succinct description of your proposed program.

Number 2LOIs selected by the committee will be invited to submit a Request For Proposal (RFP).

Number 3Selected schools from the RFP round will be invited to present their final proposals in front of the HELP Advisory Committee. Winners of the HELP grant will be announced there.

Review the HELP Application Guidelines to see if your school qualifies. Winners are announced at the NAHB International Builders Show the following year.

Your tax-deductible donation provides needed support to nurture today’s students so they will become tomorrow’s leaders in homebuilding.

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Middle Tennessee State University
Grant Award: $49,500

  • Create new classes for students studying land development and residential construction
  • Collaborate with 2-year colleges throughout the region for students to continue their education to receive their bachelor’s degree at MTSU
  • Develop relationships with local builders to increase onsite opportunities and job placement for students

University of Cincinnati
Grant Award: $86,500

  • Create a Faculty CO-OP program for full-time CM instructors
  • Develop new courses focused on residential building and civil site design
  • Create an interdisciplinary residential construction certificate that will serve as a well-defined pathway foranystudent who wants to pursue a career in the residential construction industry

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Grant Award: $100,000

  • Create a faculty professional development program to connect instructors with builder members affiliated with the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts

  • Hire adjunct faculty to teach additional residential construction management courses
  • Partner with local community colleges to increase the number of qualified graduates entering the residential construction industry
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Career Connections Career Connections is a grant program that supports activities that introduce young people to the career opportunities in residential skilled trades. These can be career fairs, outreach programs, participation in local career events or any bonafide effort to reach high- and middle school students. All of the seventy-plus programs funded to date include the participation of local industry associations.
Building Careers Program The Building Careers program directly funds workforce training programs. Most of the forty-plus recipients to date have been high school programs utilizing the curriculum and support of the Home Builders Institute (HBI), our workforce training partner.
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Challenge, Build, Grow The National Housing Endowment has created the Challenge | Build | Grow Grant Initiative for NAHB state and local associations. The Endowment is offering eligible applicants up to $5,000 in matching challenge grant funds for programs and projects addressing NAHB’s priority areas, including education and worker training — with a focus on building innovations and growing the future workforce. The National Housing Endowment wants to challenge the building industry to help build and grow new state and local partnerships and opportunities.