Apply for CRE Rising Fund for Small Non-profit Organizations, Apr. 28th, 2017

Posted on April 14, 2017

The CRE Rising Fund

The 2017 CRE Rising Fund aims to support small nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of the diverse people and communities of New York City. As the nation grapples with a time of change, our city’s nonprofit sector is hard at work. CRE believes that our clients – representing distinctly diverse populations from all ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds – provide valuable services that make our city and nation a better and stronger place to live. We believe that the best way to prepare for potential legislative, funding, and structural changes is to plan, prepare, and pivot programs so that together, we are able to create stronger, healthier organizations that are able to withstand challenges as they arise.

Through the CRE Rising Fund, expert CRE consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost, three-month long consulting engagements. Participating nonprofits are selected through a short application process.


Project applications must include:

  1. A clearly defined project that you would like CRE’s assistance with. The project must:
    • Identify a challenge that, if solved, will address an organizational or program issue
    • Propose work that falls clearly within CRE’s service areas (see full list here)
    • Be able to be completed by November 2017
  2. Current year (FY17) operating budget for your organization
  3. FY16 audited financial statement. If this is not available, please also submit IRS Form 990 for FY 2016.

Applicant organizations must:

    • Be working to support New York City’s most vulnerable populations by meeting a clear community need – for example, by fighting poverty, promoting equity, or expanding opportunity
    • Be headquartered in and do work in one or multiple New York City boroughs
    • Have an operating budget between $100,000 – $1 million
    • Be a registered 501(c)3
    • Be able to:
      • Appoint a staff member who can spearhead and coordinate the project and commit additional internal resources (e.g., staff time) as needed
      • Mobilize and leverage support from the board and leadership team to take on and support the project, as well as execute any follow-up work required for successful implementation

Priority will be given to groups working to support communities affected or targeted by recent federal policies (e.g. communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQI communities).


  • Applications are due by April 28th at 11:59PM
  • Select applicants will be asked to join an interview with the CRE Selection Committee
  • Awardees will be selected and notified in early June 2017
  • Awardees agree to be mentioned on CRE’s website, at special events, in printed materials, and in funding reports

Please email all questions and inquiries to