NextWorldNow: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Based in Denver, Colorado, NextWorldNow is a modest funder of diverse global development projects around the world.

IP TAKE: This grantmaker supports groups that apply new and innovative solutions to ages-old global health and development challenges.

PROFILE: Established in 2015 by Marty Waters, a clinical social worker in the field of behavioral health services, NextWorldNow seeks to support communities and provide resources to local leaders in order to improve the lives and well-being of the people on a local level. Based in Denver, Colorado, NextWorldNow believes in the interconnectedness between various people despite borders. While it does not specify specific areas of giving, NWN has in the past prioritized clean water, nutrition, housing, health care, safety, education, social activity, and financial stability. 

NWN makes “community based investments,” which includes committing time in support of certain projects, in-kind donations, loans and grants. In the past, NWN has supported microfinance programs in India, helped build a primary school in Tanzania, and clean water systems in Nicaragua.

While NextWorldNow’s grants tend to benefit vulnerable populations in developing countries, it awards grants to groups working with marginalized populations in developed nations. For example, it helped fund a start-up health clinic to benefit migrant workers in New Mexico. So the focus here appears to be the population served rather than geographic location.

NextWorldNow is a modest funder that only awards a handful of grants, generally less than $10,000. However, the foundation's deep commitment to supporting vulnerable populations leads it to help grantseekers locate and secure grants from other funders in the event NWN passes on their proposal. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications for about a month of each year, beginning in January. Submission dates vary from year to year. As a result, grantseekers are advised to examine NWN's website often. In addition, NWN typically distributes its grants in three cycles with 50 percent of the award given in the first cycle, 40 percent in the second and 10 percent in the third.

PEOPLE:

  • Marty Waters, Founder

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