Our Process

How we work

NextWorldNow learns about community based projects that need more resources to meet their goals.   We connect with the leaders, learn about their work, and decide which projects to invest in.  Investments may include time spent supporting a project, in-kind resources, and financial grants.  We invite community proposals.  We rate the likely success and the impact of the project – such as how many people will benefit.    We look for people and groups who have new ideas for old problems.  We prefer to invest in a variety of geographic locations and issues in order to learn more about the world and its people.   We may take on projects that are beyond our funding means by seeking like organizations to partner in the investment. 


How the Investment Rating Works

NextWorldNow reviews requests and decides on who to fund in the year’s awards.  Our investment group rates the proposals based on the following factors: 

  1. Feasibility – how realistic is the plan to meet its goals and gain success? 
  2. Impact – how many people within a community benefit? 
  3. Sustainability – are there other resources to keep the project going after an initial grant?
  4. Relevance – how important is the problem to the community?   
  5. Creativity – how unique is the solution? 
  6. Outcomes – how will success be measured?  
  7. Strength – what is the level of commitment by the leaders to make this project work?
  8. Engagement how involved is the greater community?


Grant Awards

Timeframe for 2018 Grant Cycle

  • Jan 1, 2018 – Application period for 2018 opens.  Community organizations may complete a one page "Notification of Interest" to register their intent to submit a formal grant application.   NWN screens the initial requests and forwards a full application form to select community organizations for completion.  NWN accepts completed application submissions until July 1, 2018.  Note: the application submission period may close sooner in the year if a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.  When this is the case, the closed status will be posted on the home page and the submission form removed for use.  
  • Jul 1, 2018 – Application period closed for 2018 and the award determination process begins
  • Sep 1, 2018 – 2018 investment award announced
  • Jan 1, 2019 – Applications for 2019 open

Application and Award Process

  1. Complete a one page "Notification of Interest" and forward to NextWorldNow
  2. Receive either a full grant application form for completion or notice of non-selection
  3. Complete grant application form and submit
  4. Receive acknowledgement of submission
  5. Respond to request for additional information if indicated
  6. Participate in skype interviews if requested
  7. Receive notice of annual award evaluation and decision
    • Full funding
    • Partial funding
    • Listing on NWN investment options list for possible funding by other parties
    • Non-recommendation
  8. Receive first funds transfer (50% of award)
  9. Receive second funds transfer (40% of award)
  10. Submit first year report on outcomes progress
  11. Receive final funds transfer (10% of award)
  12. Submit second year report on progress