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Good Neighbor Grants


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.


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.

The Good Neighbor Grant proposal period is now closed.  Application submission deadline was November 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. EST.  



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.


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:
  1. Completed Proposal Form (application for the next cycle will be available in September 2017)
  2. Completed detailed Project Budget
  3. List of board members with affiliations
  4. Copy of IRS determination letter indicating your organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  5. 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 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

To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant, click here.

Eligibility Quiz

Grant Guidelines

Proposal Form