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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 school-year and summer enrichment opportunities, college access programs, arts education, 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 application period is currently now closed. Recipients will be notified in early March.



September 1, 2017     Application process opens

November 1, 2017      5:00 p.m. ET absolute deadline for receipt of proposals

Early March 2018       Grant recipients notified

Late March 2018         If approved, grant payments disbursed

April 2018                    For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2018

May 31, 2019              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 education.
  • 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.

The foundation’s Good Neighbor Grants program does not support the following program areas: At-risk intervention; Remedial education; Dropout prevention; Early childhood education (pre-K); Adult literacy; Adult education;GED completion programs; Adult financial literacy; Life-skills training; Non-academic mentorship; Nutrition education; Physical Education.


The Good Neighbor Grants application will be open again in September 2018.

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