Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Mid-Atlantic States Grants

OVERVIEW: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports education through grants and scholarships in the Mid-Atlantic States and elsewhere in the U.S.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, high-quality academic programs, college access initiatives, arts education

IP TAKE: Look into this foundation’s Good Neighbor grants because these have the most local focus for youth-serving organizations in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.

PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation based in Lansdowne, Virginia. Cooke (1912-1997) was a businessman who found success in broadcasting, print media, and sports team ownership. This foundation is “dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.” The Cooke Foundation supports local education efforts that offer high-quality academic programs, college access initiatives, arts education.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a national funder but makes its home region of the Mid-Atlantic States a top priority. The foundation offers scholarships for students from eighth grade through graduate school, as well as grants to organizations that serve students in need. The Good Neighbor program grants support specific project or program-based costs in the funder’s home region. Here, the funder common supports summer academic enrichment opportunities, college access programs, arts education, service learning, STEM programs, and innovative programs that bridge education and technology. Occasionally, the funder will also support the development of education-related products, such as handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $1 million. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Mid-Atlantic States grantmaking focuses on Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Past local grantees include Collegiate Directions, 826DC, the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.

This foundation rarely accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Instead, it awards a limited number of grants to nonprofits that have been identified by the foundation board and staff to complement its efforts of advancing education. Direct general questions to the staff at grants@jkcf.org or 703-723-8000.


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