Community Investment Grants

Program Information:

The Cox Charities Community Investment grant program funds nonprofit programs and services in the areas of youth, education, social issues and the arts. Grants up to $10,000 are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations located and providing services within the Cox residential service area.

Grant guidelines:

  • In order to qualify for a Community Investment grant, an organization must:
    • Qualify for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code
    • Be physically located and provide services within the Cox residential service area
    • Leverage other funding; funding will not be awarded to an organization if the Cox Charities Community Investment grant is the only source of financial support
    • Meet a need in the community without unnecessary duplication of services
    • Promote sound fiscal and governance practices demonstrating overall financial health and sustainability
    • Regularly measure and evaluate program outcomes
    • Community Investment grants only fund activities and expenses related to the provision of services. Special or one-time events will not be considered.
    • Applications must focus on a single, specific program within the organization.
    • Only one application per organization will be accepted. Organizations submitting multiple grants will be disqualified.
    • Statewide organizations that provide services in multiple Cox markets may submit one grant application per market. However, the proposed program must be limited to the provision of services within the Cox Communications service area in which the application was submitted. If funded, funding will be restricted to the market in which the application was submitted.
    • Funds granted must be used exclusively for the program listed in the grant application. Funds must be used within the year unless otherwise specified. Organizations may reapply each year.

The following will not be considered for funding:

  • Special or one-time events
  • Capital campaigns and expenditures
  • Endowments
  • Individuals
  • Athletic clubs or organizations
  • General operating expenses, including but not limited to utilities, facility costs, administrative salaries and wages and fundraising or marketing expenses
  • Programs or services that promote a political campaign or specific religious beliefs
  • Foundations that would utilize funding for pass-through grant making purposes

Grant applications are reviewed annually by the Cox Charities Advisory Council and a representative from Cox Charities’ community foundation partner. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the application, scope of the program, overall impact, number of people served, collaborative efforts and the urgency of the needs addressed. Preference is given to programs that provide a unique service not being duplicated in the community.

Cox Charities reserves the right to accept or reject any application and to approve or decline any proposal for funding. Cox Charities also reserves the right to change the application criteria at any time. Other limitations may apply and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

If funded, Cox Charities and its community foundation partner may audit the financial records and conduct quality assurance audits of the organization at any time. Funding will be terminated if false information is submitted or requested information withheld. Grant recipients agree to submit an end-of-year report documenting program expenses and activities as well as facilitate a site visit for the Cox Charities Advisory Council. 


Application Information

The deadline to submit Cox Charities Community Investment grant applications for 2017 was May 1. Cox Charities is no longer accepting applications.

Applicants will be notified of their funding status in August. Grant recipients will receive payments no later than October.