The 2018 CRE Rising Fund aims to assist small nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of the diverse people and communities in New York City. 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. 

As the nation grapples with a time of change, our city’s nonprofit sector is hard at work continuing to provide services to the city’s most marginalized populations. CRE believes that our clients - representing distinctly diverse populations from all ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds - provide unique and valuable perspectives that make our city and nation a better and stronger place to live. 

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 proposal process.


Project applications must include a clearly defined project that you would like CRE’s assistance with. The project must:

  • Describe 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 on CRE's website)
  • Be able to be completed by November 2018

Applicant organizations must:

  • Be working to support New York City’s most marginalized populations by meeting a clear community need in the work to fight poverty, promote equity, or expand 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) 

Your organization must be able to:

  • Appoint a staff member who can spearhead and coordinate the work involved
  • Commit internal resources (e.g. staff time) to support this project over a period of three months in summer/early fall 2018
  • Mobilize and leverage support from your 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 federal policies, practices, and funding shifts (e.g., communities of color and immigrant communities). 


  • Applications are due by May 4, 2018 at 11:59PM. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
  • Select applicants will be chosen for an interview with the CRE Selection Committee
  • Awardees will be selected and notified in early June 2018
  • Awardees will agree to appear on CRE’s website, at special events, in printed materials, and in funding reports 

Please email all questions and inquiries to

Community Resource Exchange