As much as I would like to see this happen, it's just simply not going to.
The only thing a small fleet can do is recruit recruit recruit. If however you want to remain small, then you will just have to limp along as best you can.
If they were to change it to smaller fleets requiring less resource, then people would be getting kicked from fleets right, left and center. Apart from the close group of friends and high contributors. How fair would it be on those guys that contributed 20-30 million EC or 200k Dilith to suddenly be kicked from a fleet, because the core group wanted the small fleet benefits.