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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 it later;
  • Submit a final report for grants received; or
  • View previously submitted applications and final reports.

Note to professional grant writers:  It is recommended that an account be created for each non-profit organization using an email address known to that organization. 


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


To begin a new application, both new users and returning users with an established account must click the button below.   You will first be asked to complete an eligibility quiz.  Upon confirming eligibility, you will be taken to the application form.

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How to Access Saved Applications or Submit a Final Report

Those with established accounts may click the Account Login button below to access a saved application, view previously submitted applications or submit a final report.  Enter the same username and password used when the account was created.  Once logged in, you may choose from the Applications or Requirements tabs.  Click the Applications tab to access a saved application and view previously submitted applications.  Click the Requirements tab to complete and submit a new final report form or view previously submitted final reports. 


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


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