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, DC; and Maryland areas that are helping students with financial need reach their full potential through education.

The proposal submission period for 2019 Good Neighbor Grants has ended.
We will accept proposals for the 2020 Good Neighbor Grants in fall 2019.

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 or summer academic enrichment opportunities, college access programs, arts education, service learning, and STEM programs, and innovative programs that bridge education and technology. Funds may also be used for the development of education-related products that will directly benefit students such as handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media.

  • 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:
    • Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Falls Church
    • District of Columbia
    • 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.
  • 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.

August 30, 2018
Application process opens.
November 1, 2018
Absolute deadline for receipt of proposals at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Early March 2019
Grant award notification.
Late March 2019
If approved, grant payments disbursed.
April 2019
For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2019.
May 31, 2020
Grantee narrative and financial report due.
What We Fund

The proposal submission period for 2019 Good Neighbor Grants has ended.
We will accept proposals for the 2020 Good Neighbor Grants in fall 2019.

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 or summer academic enrichment opportunities, college access programs, arts education, service learning, and STEM programs, and innovative programs that bridge education and technology. Funds may also be used for the development of education-related products that will directly benefit students such as handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media.

Minimum Eligibility
  • 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:
    • Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Falls Church
    • District of Columbia
    • 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.
  • 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.

Grant Review Timeline
August 30, 2018
Application process opens.
November 1, 2018
Absolute deadline for receipt of proposals at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Early March 2019
Grant award notification.
Late March 2019
If approved, grant payments disbursed.
April 2019
For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2019.
May 31, 2020
Grantee narrative and financial report due.

Contact Us

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation typically awards only a limited number of grants to nonprofit organizations whose efforts complement our mission of advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. We rarely, if ever, fund unsolicited proposals.

However, if you would like to be added to our outreach list to receive Foundation news updates and information about future opportunities that may match your work, email your contact information to grants@jkcf.org.