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First-Time Home Buyer Grant Program

The Tampa Bay Region

About the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation

REALTORS® are engaged neighbors committed to building and enhancing the communities they serve. Through the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation, our members make a huge impact on multiple organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Organizations we’ve worked with touch the lives of local children, families, the elderly, our military veterans, and even the environment in which we all enjoy through road and waterway clean ups. Learn more here.

First-Time Home Buyer Grant Program

A key element of our mission is to assist first time homebuyers who reside in the Greater Tampa Bay Region who meet certain financial criteria with a designated grant of up to $4,000 that would assist first time home buyers with their efforts to purchase their first home (i.e., the applicant(s) have not owned a home within the last three (3) years).

Applications are currently closed. The program's existing funds had been completely committed and will be re-funded in the future. Please check back periodically for a reopening of applications.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Homebuyer must be sponsored by a REALTOR® or Affiliate Member of the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization or the Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization.
  2. The buyer must be a first-time homebuyer as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. The applicant(s) must certify that they have not owned a home within the last three (3) years.
  3. Property to be purchased must be an owner-occupied single-family home, condominium, or townhome in the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
  4. The Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation allows combination of its grant with any other grant or down payment assistance award, rebate programs, seller contributions, or a gift letter.
  5. The lender’s certification of the applicant’s financial need, income limited not to exceed 120% of Area Minimum Income (AMI), number of occupants, and if needed a copy of the mortgage application 1003 and most recently filed tax return. Florida Housing Finance 2022 Income Limits.

Application instructions

Please print clearly and complete this application, including all required signatures. If you need help in completing this application, please contact us at 727-216-3023. You must scan all documents and email the completed application and additional required information to: dbennett@pinellasrealtor.org

Do not send your originals. PRF cannot make copies and will not be responsible for your originals. If you have any questions, contact Sandy Yinger at 727-216-3023.