NextWorldNow holds that world communities can work together in an informed and personal way using technology and resources to improve the well-being of participants in each community.
NextWorldNow invests in and support community development projects requiring modest capital. They fund projects that are owned by the local community, whose social impact and return on investment can be measured, and whose success can be sustained. In the spirit of innovation, they aim for a diverse “portfolio” of projects and geographies to spread creative solutions.
NextWorldNow sees a world where every person has the basics for well-being: clean water, good food, housing, health care, safety, education, social activity, and jobs. They know that the current state of the world represents many unmet needs. Despite the size of the need which seems unlimited, they choose to act. NextWorldNow believes that small change leads to bigger change and is a preferred option to a default acceptance of the status quo.
Why This Program
NextWorldNow holds that they are connected with one another in the world community. Like thousands of individual cells connected within a single body shaping its health, the actions of individuals within the world community effect the wellbeing of all. Discomfort in a part of their collective body impacts the whole and serves as a source for other downstream social ills. This program is designed for individuals who share a view of a larger self, have decided that they have enough means to live comfortable lives, and want to share their resources with others in a creative and smart way.
What are target investments?
Consistent with mission, NextWorldNow is interested in supporting many types of community programs:
- Civic Participation
- Effective Development
- Environmental Mediation – Water, Sanitation, Deforestation
- Health Care Access and Treatment
- Human Rights
- Peace and Human Security
- Smallholder Productivity and Food Security
- Sustainable Markets/Livelihood
Type of Project
Projects that have funded to date:
- constructing rural health clinic facilities in Zambia for expecting mothers (2015 grantee)
- building a solar powered computer lab at a remote school in Kenya for students and adult community learners (2016 grantee)
- training silk weaving, reeling, and embroidery skills with business management in India (2017 grantee)
- developing greenhouses to support food production and marketing in Mongolia (2017 grantee)
- cultivating taro roots and processing into taro chip product for commercial sales in Philippines (2018 grantee)
- establishing low pressure drip irrigation system using drought resistant seed crops in Uganda pilot (2018 grantee)
- launching a commercial tea business based on the Resurrection plant in Zimbabwe (2019 grantee)
- demonstrating a proof of concept “vertical farming” agribusiness model in Columbia (2019 grantee)
- NextWorldNow Community Investments (NWN) works with individuals, communities, and other organizations to make this happen. They invite communities with project ideas to submit their requests for funding. They study the requests and make funding decisions.
- They welcome scale-able partnerships with other organizations on joint projects. They invest in solutions built to last, looking beyond short term fixes to address long standing problems. They continue to refine their process as they learn more about what works and what does not. NWN is a non profit private foundation with United States 501 (c) (3) status.
How to Apply
- Complete a one page “Notification of Interest” and forward to NextWorldNow
- Receive either a full grant application form for completion or notice of non-selection
- Complete grant application form and submit
- Receive acknowledgement of submission
- Respond to request for additional information if indicated
- Participate in skype interviews if requested
- Receive notice of annual award evaluation and decision
- Full funding
- Partial funding
- Listing on NWN investment options list for possible funding by other parties
- Receive first funds transfer (50% of award)
- Receive second funds transfer (35% of award)
- Submit first year report on outcomes progress
- Receive final funds transfer (15% of award)
- Submit second year report on progress
For more information, visit NextWorldNow.