Interested in applying for CULTIVATE?

Next Stage is seeking leaders of emerging nonprofit organizations passionate about their causes and wanting to take the steps necessary to build capacity, increase impact and achieve sustainability.

This incubator is offered to participants at no cost thanks to underwriting from local funders. It does require an investment of time, with the expectation that participants prioritize their involvement in CULTIVATE activities.

Requirements for participating organizations:

  • Must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations established in the last ten (10) years
  • Be located in Mecklenburg County and able to participate in activities taking place near uptown Charlotte
  • Select one representative to serve as the primary participant (typically the founder)
  • Set aside 12-15 hours per month to participate in CULTIVATE, including regular coaching sessions and assigned activities
  • Prioritize participation, completing assignments and meeting milestones

Applications will be assessed with the following criteria:

  • Commitment and leadership potential of participant
  • Mission and programs that are unique, innovative and differentiated from others in the local community
  • Alignment with local priorities, initiatives and current events
  • Opportunity for impact/organizational strengthening through CULTIVATE involvement

Still interested? We hope so! To be considered, complete the form below before noon on October 1, 2018.

Cultivate Application

General Information

Application Narrative

CULTIVATE Participation

Demonstration of Eligibility