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The James M. Cox Foundation


The James M. Cox Foundation provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Enterprises, Inc. does business. The Foundation is concentrating its community support in several priority areas:

  • Conservation and Environment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Empowering Families and Individuals for Success
  • Health


Application Guidelines

Your organization is eligible to submit an application if it meets the following criteria:

  • Organizations must be federally tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code with non-private foundation status, or an equivalent government entity under section 170 (c)(1);
  • Organizations must be located in the United States and in an area where Cox Enterprises, Inc. does business.

Grants are limited to public charities when it is demonstrated that the proposed project or program will have a particular impact in one of our focus areas.  All funding requests must be submitted online.  The Foundation may require additional information, an interview or a site visit. 

If you are located outside metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, in an area where Cox Enterprises or one of its subsidiaries is located, you will be required to submit an application that includes a letter of support from our local business manager.  For a complete list of Cox businesses and information on specific Cox locations, view the location map.   




Only one request will be considered per organization during a 12-month period.  For example, if a request is submitted in March, whether it is approved or declined, another request may not be submitted until the following March. 


Awards for basic operating expenses usually are not granted.  We do not make grants to individuals nor do we provide loans to organizations or individuals. Grants are not provided for the following:

  • Individuals or nonprofit organizations for the purpose of benefitting an individual;
  • General operating purposes, salary expenses or other administrative costs;
  • Seed money, or as the only funding source of an organization;
  • Endowment funds;
  • Conferences and seminars;
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships (dinners, golf tournaments, walks/runs, benefits, raffles, tickets, tables, etc.);
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation;
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns;
  • Religious organizations for general operating support, sanctuary construction/renovation or mission-focused work.  However, we do consider requests from religious organizations with 501(c)(3) status to provide project-specific social services outreach programs that are not limited to a specific religious affiliation; or
  • Organizations or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability.  


When to Apply

Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are considered at the next scheduled Trustee meeting.  The Trustees meet three times per year and the deadlines for receipt of applications before each meeting are March 1st, July 1st and November 1st. 


Applications received by:

Will be considered in:

You will receive a response by:

March 1st


May 15th

July 1st


September 30th

November 1st


December 31st



How to Apply

If you are a first-time user, you will be asked to establish an account and create a login (your email address) and a password.  This account allows you to:

  • Save an unfinished application and return to complete later;
  • Track the history of your submitted applications; or
  • Submit a final report for grants received.

Note to professional grantwriters:  It is recommended to create an account for each non-profit organization using an email address known to that organization. 


For New Applicants

Click here to preview the application form and the information you will be asked to provide. 


Please see the buttons below to begin the application process or log in to your account finish a saved application.  After creating an account, you will be asked to complete an Eligibility Quiz to determine if you are eligible to submit a proposal.  If you pass the Eligibility Quiz, you may begin completing the application.



Submit App Button 



Save app button 



How to Submit Final Report

To submit your final report on a previously received grant, click the “Account Login” button above.  There you will enter the same username and password used when the account was created.  Once logged into your account, click the Requirements tab and then click Final Report to open and complete the form. 


For previous grant recipients, click here to preview the grant report form, which should be submitted online through the existing account. 


If you have questions about eligibility, the application process or experience technical difficulties, you may contact us via email at coxfoundation@coxinc.com.


For additional questions about the application process, see a list of Frequently Asked Questions .