Lansdowne, VA — The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the 18 nonprofit organizations from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC that will receive a total of $504,804 from its annual Good Neighbor Grant program. Since 2012, the Foundation has provided 103 Good Neighbor Grants totaling over $2.5 million to 70 local youth-serving organizations. The 2022 Good Neighbor Grant recipients will collectively serve over 9,500 students in a broad variety of programs focused on providing high-quality academic programs, college access initiatives, and arts education.

The Clarke County Education Foundation has been selected for a grant in the amount of $35,000, in partnership with Clarke County Public Schools and Shenandoah University, to establish a new author study program within Clarke County elementary schools. The program offers interactions with culturally diverse authors throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Underserved students will also be provided the additional opportunity to participate directly with the author in a book study  discussion and a copy of the author’s book to add to their library at home.

“This year’s cohort of grantees provide diverse opportunities that we know contribute to meaningful educational experiences that enable students to pursue their greatest potential,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Foundation. “Every year, we have the honor of supporting hundreds of talented students across the country. But it’s also important to us that we invest in the good work happening in our own backyard, in organizations that are cultivating our next generation of talented scholars and citizens. We’re proud to support the work of these 18 organizations, and to deepen our partnerships in the year to come.” A detailed listing of all the 2022 Good Neighbor Grant recipients can be found here.

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The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $230 million in scholarships to nearly 3,000 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $125 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.


The Clarke County Education Foundation, established in 1991, is an independent public charity dedicated to promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools, by generating private support and involvement to enhance these publicly-maintained services. The CCEF has provided more than $3.2 million in student scholarships, teacher grants, system demonstration grants, and donor-defined projects through a combination of fund-raising and endowment income since its inception.  For more information visit

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