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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.

The Cooke Foundation’s 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 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.

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.

Follow the steps listed below to determine your organization’s eligibility and to submit an application. You may download the grant guidelines for your reference. Deadline for receipt of Good Neighbor Grants proposals is Thursday, December 3, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. EST. (Please note the earlier due date than in previous year.)

STEP 1:  Review Organization Eligibility Requirements

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
  •  Have a primary focus on education, college access, or arts education
  •  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 George’s Counties.

  •  Not have received a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation within the twelve months preceding the current submission deadline.

STEP 2:  Review Program Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for this grant, your program must:

  •  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
  •  Meaningfully benefit participating students
  •  Present distinctive and noteworthy practices
  •  Have a deserved reputation for operating high-quality programs that achieve outstanding student outcomes

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
  •  Post-secondary internships

STEP 3:  Submit a Proposal

To request a Cooke Foundation Good Neighbor Grant, please submit the following in a single pdf document arranged in the following order:
  1. Completed Proposal Form (fillable MS Word document)
  2. Completed detailed Project Budget
  3. List of board members with affiliations
  4. Copy of IRS determination letter indicating 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 page one of Form 990)

Submit your application via email to on or before Thursday, December 3, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. EST. All applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt within three business days of submitting the application.


October 1, 2015           Application process opens

December 3, 2015      5:00 p.m. EST absolute deadline for receipt of proposals

Early March 2016         Grant recipients notified

Late March 2016          If approved, grant payments disbursed

April 2016                      For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2016

May 31, 2017                Grantee narrative and financial report due

If you have questions about this grant, please e-mail us at

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