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 financial need reach their full potential through education.

Good Neighbor Grant 2022 Phase 1 Application is Now Open

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

Selected grantees will receive a one-time grant of between $10,000 – $35,000 that may be used over a one-year period. Note that this grant does not fund 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 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.

The Foundation is utilizing a two-phased application process designed to simplify and streamline paperwork as part of our demonstration of Trust-Based Philanthropy.

Phase 1 involves completion of a brief eligibility questionnaire and submission of basic project information, as well as organizational contact and demographic information. You will also be prompted to upload an existing Letter of Inquiry or grant proposal outlining the program or initiative for which you seek Good Neighbor Grant funding. We encourage applicants to use the same LOI/proposal that you have submitted for other funders.

  1. To submit a Phase 1 application, click here to be directed to the Foundation’s grantee portal.
  2. Data is automatically saved as you move from one section to the next. You may exit the application at any time and return to complete the process or make changes until the deadline.
  3. You must click the ‘Final Review and Submit’ button on the dashboard and follow the prompts to submit your application.
  4. If you have any issues completing your Phase 1 application, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

Staff will review and evaluate all Phase 1 applications based on the following criteria:

  • Mission: Organization/program is important to the field and complements our work.
  • Merit: Program goals and projected outcomes are clear and achievable.
  • Bonus: Distinct focus on high-ability students with financial need.
  • Bonus: Organizations from all eligible geographic areas are encouraged to apply; organizations located in and serving students in Virginia will be given preference.

Organizations selected for Phase 2 will be invited to schedule a virtual meeting with Foundation staff to share more about the organization and discuss the submitted proposal.  Organizations not selected for Phase 2 will be notified at the same time.

Deadline for receipt of Good Neighbor Grants Phase 1 Application is

Friday, October 15, 2021.

 

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant,
www.jkcf.org/our-grants/past-recipients/

 

 

Eligibility Restrictions

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, and be in good standing with the IRS.
  • 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, Frederick 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 students with financial need, including those who demonstrate strong academic potential.
  • Preference will be given to organizations located in and serving students in Virginia.
  • Preference will be given to organizations with annual budgets of $5 million or less.

If you have questions about whether your organization or program aligns well with the Foundation’s mission, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

Grant Restrictions

The Good Neighbor Grant does not fund capital improvements, endowments, lobbying, or activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations.  In addition, the following program areas are not supported by this grant: early childhood education (pre-K), at-risk intervention, remedial education, dropout prevention, GED completion, adult education, life-skills training, nutrition education, and physical education.

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant,
www.jkcf.org/our-grants/past-recipients/

September 1, 2021
Phase 1 application process opens.
October 15, 2021
Deadline for receipt of Phase 1 applications.
November 5, 2021
Review notifications emailed to applicants.
November 29, 2021
Virtual conversations for applicants invited to Phase 2 will take place between November 29 and December 10.
Early March 2022
Grant award notification.
Late March 2022
Grant payments disbursed.
April 2022
Grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2022.
What We Fund

Selected grantees will receive a one-time grant of between $10,000 – $35,000 that may be used over a one-year period. Note that this grant does not fund 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 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.

The Foundation is utilizing a two-phased application process designed to simplify and streamline paperwork as part of our demonstration of Trust-Based Philanthropy.

Phase 1 involves completion of a brief eligibility questionnaire and submission of basic project information, as well as organizational contact and demographic information. You will also be prompted to upload an existing Letter of Inquiry or grant proposal outlining the program or initiative for which you seek Good Neighbor Grant funding. We encourage applicants to use the same LOI/proposal that you have submitted for other funders.

  1. To submit a Phase 1 application, click here to be directed to the Foundation’s grantee portal.
  2. Data is automatically saved as you move from one section to the next. You may exit the application at any time and return to complete the process or make changes until the deadline.
  3. You must click the ‘Final Review and Submit’ button on the dashboard and follow the prompts to submit your application.
  4. If you have any issues completing your Phase 1 application, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

Staff will review and evaluate all Phase 1 applications based on the following criteria:

  • Mission: Organization/program is important to the field and complements our work.
  • Merit: Program goals and projected outcomes are clear and achievable.
  • Bonus: Distinct focus on high-ability students with financial need.
  • Bonus: Organizations from all eligible geographic areas are encouraged to apply; organizations located in and serving students in Virginia will be given preference.

Organizations selected for Phase 2 will be invited to schedule a virtual meeting with Foundation staff to share more about the organization and discuss the submitted proposal.  Organizations not selected for Phase 2 will be notified at the same time.

Deadline for receipt of Good Neighbor Grants Phase 1 Application is

Friday, October 15, 2021.

 

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant,
www.jkcf.org/our-grants/past-recipients/

 

 

Minimum Eligibility

Eligibility Restrictions

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, and be in good standing with the IRS.
  • 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, Frederick 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 students with financial need, including those who demonstrate strong academic potential.
  • Preference will be given to organizations located in and serving students in Virginia.
  • Preference will be given to organizations with annual budgets of $5 million or less.

If you have questions about whether your organization or program aligns well with the Foundation’s mission, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

Grant Restrictions

The Good Neighbor Grant does not fund capital improvements, endowments, lobbying, or activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations.  In addition, the following program areas are not supported by this grant: early childhood education (pre-K), at-risk intervention, remedial education, dropout prevention, GED completion, adult education, life-skills training, nutrition education, and physical education.

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please email us at grants@jkcf.org.

To read about past recipients of the Good Neighbor Grant,
www.jkcf.org/our-grants/past-recipients/

Grant Review Timeline
September 1, 2021
Phase 1 application process opens.
October 15, 2021
Deadline for receipt of Phase 1 applications.
November 5, 2021
Review notifications emailed to applicants.
November 29, 2021
Virtual conversations for applicants invited to Phase 2 will take place between November 29 and December 10.
Early March 2022
Grant award notification.
Late March 2022
Grant payments disbursed.
April 2022
Grant period can begin as early as April 1, 2022.

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 Foundation newsletter. For specific inquiries, you may contact our grants department directly by emailing grants@jkcf.org.