Cooke Foundation Offers ‘Good Neighbor’ Grants

Private Funder: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Good Neighbor Grants; Funding Focus: Education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards of up to $35,000 each (the foundation gave $17.1 million in grants last year); Deadline:  TBA, last year’s deadline was Dec. 3.

Summary: The program was established this year to identify and strengthen ties with youth-serving nonprofits in Northern Virginia, metropolitan Washington, DC, and Maryland helping students with significant financial need reach their potential through education. The foundation is really interested in afterschool academic enrichment opportunities, college access advising programs, arts programs, service learning, college STEM recruitment and retention strategies, programs that bridge education and technology, and internship programs. Funds may also be used for the development of educational products (e.g., handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media) that will benefit students.

Applicant organizations must be located and serve students in the following geographic areas: Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Clarke County, Fauquier County, Arlington County, and Prince William County in Virginia; the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Falls Church in northern Virginia; the District of Columbia; and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland.

Other Grants

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program helps exemplary middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. That competition runs on a different funding track and can be found here: The foundation doesn’t often fund unsolicited requests. However, organizations are encouraged to contact the foundation via a letter of inquiry to get a piece of the funding pie;

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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