Next Steps for Small Nonprofits

Next Steps for Small Nonprofits

The Next Steps for Small Nonprofits program supports small organizations with three years of general operating support grant funding, organizational assessments, individualized plans for strengthening the organization, training, peer meetings and one-on-one support from a professional nonprofit mentor.

Next Steps can help a small nonprofit stabilize its operations, refocus on its mission, plan for growth, or any other set of activities that will strengthen the inner workings of the organization.

This grant program is now closed. See below for Next Steps grant recipients.

At a Glance

Grant Amount Up to $18,000/year for three years
Application Deadline March 4, 2016
Scope and Characteristics
  • Grant funds are for general operating support, and can be used as needed by the organization
  • Next Steps goals, activities and evaluations address the internal workings of a nonprofit organization rather than programs
  • Activities will make a significant difference in the way the organization works
  • Organizations can demonstrate a plan and readiness to make these changes
  • Three year program with action plans developed  each year
Application and Reporting
  • After reading the guidelines and before applying, contacting a CNE staff person is strongly encouraged
  • Online application
  • Reporting online, annually
Decision June 2016

Next Steps Grantees