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Good Neighbor Grant

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Educational Enrichment for Low-Income Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $35,000 to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for educational enrichment for low-income youth. Preference will be given to organizations serving students in Virginia, and to proposals with a focus on high-ability students with financial need. Applicants must be located in and serving students in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Falls Church in Virginia; District of Columbia; or Montgomery, Frederick or Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.

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.

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. The Foundation is 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.

Eligible applicants: 

  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176151

Number of Grants:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation typically awards only a limited number of grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000-$35,000

Term of Contract:

Selected grantees will receive a one-time grant that may be used over a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Good Neighbor Grant 2022 Phase 1 Application Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

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.

The Foundation is utilizing a two-phased application process designed to simplify and streamline paperwork as part of its 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.
- Staff will review and evaluate all Phase 1 applications. 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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications at https://jkcf-portal.givingdata.com/campaign/2022GNG.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery, Frederick, and Prince George’s Counties;   Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Clarke, or Fauquier Counties; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, or Falls Church;   Washington, DC

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