NeXt! Consulting Projects

What is the NeXt! Consulting Project?

As a part of the NeXt! program, NeXt! Ambassadors are broken into teams of 4-5 individuals to tackle a single project for a local nonprofit. These projects should realistically be achievable by a small group of NeXt! Ambassadors within a 9-month timeframe, and conversely, should be a large enough undertaking to span the program period. Organizations applying for a NeXt! Consulting Team should be willing and able to provide regular support to the team, and it can come in a variety of forms—staff time and attention, board support and exposure, space, budget where applicable (see below), outreach assistance, etc. Nonprofits should also be flexible for any changes that may occur due to COVID-19, such as meeting virtually and coming up with new, creative solutions.

Read the Grant Guidelines here to learn more about the application and project selection process. Click here to learn more about the NeXt program.

Who may apply?

  • Nonprofit organizations located in Greater Louisville may apply.
    • Greater Louisville is defined as Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana.
  • Applicants should be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and either have
    • A mission that is arts-focused or
    • A proposed project that will significantly impact arts and culture in Greater Louisville.

What is the application and selection timeline?

Application opens Tuesday, June 1
Applicant Information Session Tuesday, June 15 @ 9am Zoom

RSVP to to receive the meeting access information.

Application due date Friday, July 30 at 11:59 pm
Applicants selected for Phase 2 notified Week of August 16
First NeXt! Meeting

Project Pitch Day

Thursday, September 16 Plan to be on-site on this day (or available virtually) to provide a short “pitch” of your project.
Applicants selected for a NeXt! Consulting Project notified Late September
Second NeXt! Meeting

Project Orientation

Thursday, October 21 Plan to be on-site this day (or available virtually) to participate in a project orientation and to meet your team.


Contact the Fund for the Arts Community Impact Team at

Project Information Session