Good Neighbor Grants

The Good Neighbor Grant 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 2020 Good Neighbor Grant program is now closed.

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.

New this year, we are introducing a two-phase application process. We invite you to submit a Letter of Inquiry consisting of only basic organization information and your project description. After review, a small group of Phase 1 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline to submit Phase 1 applications is October 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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 students with financial need. 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, 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. Note that your proposed project must begin on or after April 1, 2020.

Download the Grant Guidelines

  • 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.

September 3, 2019
Phase 1 application process opens.
October 1, 2019
Deadline for receipt of Phase 1 proposals
October 15, 2019
Review notifications emailed to applicants.
November 19, 2019
If invited, full proposal (Phase 2) submission deadline.
Early March 2020
Grant award notification.
Late March 2020
If approved, grant payments disbursed.
April 2020
For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2020.
May 31, 2021
Grantee narrative and financial report due.

What We Fund

The proposal submission period for 2020 Good Neighbor Grant program is now closed.

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.

New this year, we are introducing a two-phase application process. We invite you to submit a Letter of Inquiry consisting of only basic organization information and your project description. After review, a small group of Phase 1 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline to submit Phase 1 applications is October 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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 students with financial need. 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, 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. Note that your proposed project must begin on or after April 1, 2020.

Download the Grant Guidelines

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
September 3, 2019
Phase 1 application process opens.
October 1, 2019
Deadline for receipt of Phase 1 proposals
October 15, 2019
Review notifications emailed to applicants.
November 19, 2019
If invited, full proposal (Phase 2) submission deadline.
Early March 2020
Grant award notification.
Late March 2020
If approved, grant payments disbursed.
April 2020
For budgeting purposes, grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2020.
May 31, 2021
Grantee narrative and financial report due.
Informational Webinar

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 receive updates on our grants, scholarship programs, and other education news from the Foundation, you may subscribe to our weekly newsletter. For specific inquiries, you may contact our grants department directly by emailing grants@jkcf.org.