Next Step Grants

Next Step grants are an opportunity for VELA to reinvest in programs and ideas within the VELA community that are taking initial steps to expand their programming. Next Step grants are only available to programs that have previously received a VELA Micro grant.


Eligibility 

Next Step grants will be reserved for organizations that are moving beyond an initial pilot stage toward expansion and sustainability and have not previously received a Next Step grant in earlier rounds.

Strong candidates for our Fall 2022 Next Step grant round are entrepreneurs or organizations that are initiating plans to  expand their reach to serve additional out-of-system learners and families. Applicants should be organizations that have previously received a Micro grant. Next Step grants will be reserved for organizations that are moving beyond an initial pilot stage toward expansion and sustainability. 

VELA will award Next Step funds based on the following factors:

  • Programs led by unstoppable innovators enabling permissionless models
  • Programs that are experiencing consistent growth with evidence of unmet demand
  • Programs with a defined point of view of how to measure success, and clear progress indicating proof of concept 
  • Programs with compelling plans for initial growth and capacity to execute with excellence 

If you have received a micro grant report request from VELA, you must complete these before you are eligible to receive a Next Step grant.

Applying

The Next Step application is currently closed and will reopen in 2023. Eligible Micro grant recipients will be notified by email when it opens.