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

The 2021 Good Neighbor Grant program is by invitation only.

Please check back in fall 2021 for 2022 Good Neighbor Grant Program Information.

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.

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, aim to promote engagement, enrichment, creativity, talent development, and intellectual curiosity, and have a deserved reputation for operating high-quality programs that achieve outstanding student outcomes.

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.

The 2021 Good Neighbor Grant program is by invitation only.

Please check back in fall 2021 for 2022 Good Neighbor Grant Program Information.

The Foundation has amended grant eligibility requirements for the 2021 selection process. Due to the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the following modifications:

  • The application process is by invitation only. The Foundation has invited organizations who were recent Good Neighbor Grant recipients or were highly rated in past selection processes and met the below mentioned eligibility criteria. While the need across the nonprofit sector is great and growing, this modification will potentially help ensure continuity of funding for previously supported organizations.
  • Grant recipients are permitted to reapply in a consecutive year for the 2021 selection process only. The restriction against reapplication in consecutive years existed to ensure a varied set of grant recipients from year to year. In these challenging economic times, this modification will potentially help ensure continuity of funding for previously supported organizations.
  • Applicant organizations must have annual operating budgets of less than $5 million. In light of the particular economic challenges smaller nonprofit organizations are facing, this modification will help ensure support for smaller organizations that may not have the financial flexibility of larger ones.

In addition, to be considered for a grant, organizations must meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • 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 one of more of the following geographic areas:
    • Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church
    • District of Columbia: All Wards
    • Maryland: Montgomery or Prince George’s Counties
  • Focus on K-12 education, college access, or visual and performing arts education.
  • Serve low- to moderate-income students, including those who demonstrate strong academic potential.

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: 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.

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, visit our website.

September 9, 2020
Eligible organizations will receive an email with instructions on how to access the application.
October 29, 2020
Deadline for receipt of proposals
Early March 2021
Grant award notification
What We Fund

The 2021 Good Neighbor Grant program is by invitation only.

Please check back in fall 2021 for 2022 Good Neighbor Grant Program Information.

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.

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, aim to promote engagement, enrichment, creativity, talent development, and intellectual curiosity, and have a deserved reputation for operating high-quality programs that achieve outstanding student outcomes.

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.

Minimum Eligibility

The 2021 Good Neighbor Grant program is by invitation only.

Please check back in fall 2021 for 2022 Good Neighbor Grant Program Information.

The Foundation has amended grant eligibility requirements for the 2021 selection process. Due to the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the following modifications:

  • The application process is by invitation only. The Foundation has invited organizations who were recent Good Neighbor Grant recipients or were highly rated in past selection processes and met the below mentioned eligibility criteria. While the need across the nonprofit sector is great and growing, this modification will potentially help ensure continuity of funding for previously supported organizations.
  • Grant recipients are permitted to reapply in a consecutive year for the 2021 selection process only. The restriction against reapplication in consecutive years existed to ensure a varied set of grant recipients from year to year. In these challenging economic times, this modification will potentially help ensure continuity of funding for previously supported organizations.
  • Applicant organizations must have annual operating budgets of less than $5 million. In light of the particular economic challenges smaller nonprofit organizations are facing, this modification will help ensure support for smaller organizations that may not have the financial flexibility of larger ones.

In addition, to be considered for a grant, organizations must meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • 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 one of more of the following geographic areas:
    • Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church
    • District of Columbia: All Wards
    • Maryland: Montgomery or Prince George’s Counties
  • Focus on K-12 education, college access, or visual and performing arts education.
  • Serve low- to moderate-income students, including those who demonstrate strong academic potential.

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: 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.

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, visit our website.

Grant Review Timeline
September 9, 2020
Eligible organizations will receive an email with instructions on how to access the application.
October 29, 2020
Deadline for receipt of proposals
Early March 2021
Grant award notification

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.