The Good Neighbor Grants program was established in 2012 to identify and strengthen ties with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia, metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Maryland areas that are helping students with significant financial need reach their full potential through education.
Selected grantees will receive a one-time grant of between $10,000 - $35,000 that may be used over a one-year period. Funding is intended for application towards specific project or program based costs. Note that this grant does not fund general operating support, capital improvements, endowments, lobbying, or activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations.
WHAT WE FUND
In keeping with the foundation's mission of advancing the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need, the Good Neighbor Grant can support the establishment of new programs or the enhancement of existing initiatives that support high potential, low-income students. We are most interested in programs that strive to exceed standards rather than meet them, and aim to promote engagement, enrichment, creativity, talent development, and intellectual curiosity.
Examples of eligible programs include after-school academic and summer enrichment opportunities, college access advising programs, arts, service learning, and STEM programs, innovative approaches that bridge education and technology, and internship programs. Funds may also be used for the development of education-related products that will directly benefit students: handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media.
Grant applications must be submitted by November 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. EST. (Please note the earlier due date than in previous years.)
GRANT REVIEW TIMELINE
September 15, 2016 Application process opens
November 15, 2016 5:00 p.m. EST absolute deadline for receipt of proposals
Early March 2017 Grant recipients notified
Late March 2017 If approved, grant payments disbursed
April 2017 For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2017
May 31, 2018 Grantee narrative and financial report due
To be considered for a grant, your organization must:
Be classified as a public charity and tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code
Be located and serve students in the following geographic areas:
o Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties;
the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Falls Church;
o District of Columbia;
o Maryland: Montgomery or Prince Georges Counties.
Not have received a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation within the twelve months preceding the current submission deadline.
Focus on K-12 education, college access and completion, or visual and performing arts educatio
Serve low- to moderate-income students, including those who demonstrate strong academic potential
Present distinctive and noteworthy practices
Have a deserved reputation for operating high-quality programs that achieve outstanding student outcomes
Note: Public schools wishing to apply for funding, should seek collaboration and guidance from their district's education foundation.
If you have questions about whether your organization or project aligns well with the foundation's mission, complete our short Eligibility Quiz. You will receive an email within a few minutes of submitting letting you know if your organization is eligible. Please note that eligibility does not guarantee a grant award. You may also download Good Neighbor Grant guidelines. If you have further questions, please contact us.
The foundation’s Good Neighbor Grants program does not support the following program areas: At-risk intervention; Remedial education; Early childhood education; Adult literacy; Adult education and GED prep; Adult financial literacy; Life-skills training; Non-academic mentorship; Nutrition education.
HOW TO APPLY
To request a Cooke Foundation Good Neighbor Grant, please submit the following by November 15 in a single pdf document arranged in the following order:
Completed Proposal Form (available in MS Word and PDF)
Completed detailed Project Budget
List of board members with affiliations
Copy of IRS determination letter indicating your organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
The organization’s current fiscal year budget, including expenses and revenues
Separately, please also attach in the same email:
6. Most recent audited financial statements (if not available, attach most recent Form 990)
Submit your application via email to email@example.com on or before November 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. EST. All applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt within four business days of submitting the application.
If you have questions about this grant, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant, click here.