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.

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.

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.

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

Have questions? Email us at grants@jkcf.org.

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

What We Fund

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.

Minimum Eligibility

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.

Grant Review Timeline
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
How To Apply
The Good Neighbor Grants application will be open again in September 2018.

Have questions? Email us at grants@jkcf.org.

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

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.