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The James M. Cox Foundation



The James M. Cox Foundation provides philanthropic support for not-for-profit organizations 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 (birth to five years)
  • Empowering Families and Individuals for Success
  • Health

Two types of support are considered: requests for capital campaigns (i.e., building construction/ renovation or equipment); and requests for special projects (i.e., program expansion or capacity-building efforts). Awards for basic operating expenses and support for annual programs usually are not granted.

Eligibility Requirements

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 or one of its subsidiaries does business. For a complete list of Cox businesses and information on specific locations, view the location map.
  • Organizations located outside of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia must have a letter of endorsement from the General Manager or equivalent leader at the local Cox business to submit with the application. For additional information about letters of endorsement, please see below under “limitations.”     



  • Letters of endorsement for organizations wishing to apply are provided at the local or regional Cox management team’s discretion based upon alignment with local priorities.  Preference is given to organizations that have a history of engagement with the local business and its employees. 
  • 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 will not be considered until the following March.
  • We do not provide loans to organizations or individuals. Grants are not provided for the following:

    • Scholarships for individual students or nonprofit organizations for the purpose of granting scholarships benefitting an individual;
    • Annual operating purposes (includes expenses for salaries, overhead, or other recurring program or 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.  


Application Guidelines

All funding requests must be submitted through the online application portal.  The Foundation may require additional information, an interview or a site visit.


Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are considered at the next scheduled Trustee meeting.  The Trustees meet three times per year.  The deadlines for receipt of applications before each meeting are:                February 15th, June 15th, and October 15th.  Applications are due by midnight on each of the deadline dates.


Applications received by:

Will be considered in:

You will receive a response by:

February 15th


May 15th

June 15th


September 30th

October 15th


December 31st


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 grant report for grants received; or
  • View previously submitted applications and grant 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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Accessing Saved Applications or Submitting a Grant Report

Those with established accounts may click the Account Login button below to access a saved application, view previously submitted applications or submit a grant 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 grant report form or view previously submitted grant reports. 


Click here to preview the grant 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 .