Large Good Neighbor Grants

Family, education, community

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Large Good Neighbor grants are open year-round to support organizations serving children, families and rural communities. See below for wide range of types of programs likely to be funded through this grant opportunity.

Grant Amounts

Above $25,000 for all grant types

Large Good Neighbor grants will fund up to one-third of a project or program’s total budget. Competitive applications show local or regional dollars, and 50% of the budget should be raised prior to apply.


Family grants strengthen the interactions between a parent or other primary caregiver and a child and ensure that children have stable attachments. Program examples might include:

  • Children’s mental health supports
  • Parenting support programs
  • Domestic violence programs and shelters for families
  • Child abuse prevention and intervention programs
  • Supports for children in foster care
  • Maternal-child health programs
  • Two-generation family literacy programs
  • Family financial education and access

Programming/projects not eligible: Adult-only mental health or substance abuse treatment; Housing, food, transportation or other basic needs; Domestic violence programs targeting individuals


Education grants ensure that children of all ages from early childhood through postsecondary have the supports and opportunities they need to succeed in their education. Program examples might include:

  • Child care centers
  • Early literacy programs
  • Programs to engage families in their child’s education
  • Youth development programs, including FBLA and FFA
  • Summer learning programs
  • Mentorship and tutoring programs
  • College and/or career preparation programs
  • Summer bridge programs that prepare underserved students transitioning to college
  • Supports to prepare rural workforce in child care and other key child-serving fields
  • Rural community perceptions of education after high school
  • Programs supporting underserved rural students in college

Programming/projects not eligible: Routine K-12 school curriculum development; General K-12 workforce and professional development


Community grants support conditions that help rural communities thrive, including their local economic base, social capital and community connections, community planning capacity, and public gathering spaces. While these grants are not limited to a focus on children and families, they cannot be used to support efforts that exclude them. Many types of programs and projects can fit with this category, including:

  • Community centers and gathering spaces
  • Social services centers
  • Libraries
  • Children’s museums or children’s exhibitions
  • Community economic development planning
  • Small business incubators
  • Community mobilization efforts
  • Fire halls
  • Rural health centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers)
  • Art centers
  • Community emergency resilience planning

Programming/projects not eligible: Senior centers; Housing, food banks, transportation or other basic needs; Medical facilities when connected to a larger profit-based system; Basic community infrastructure like water treatment, sewage or lighting; Museums without a focus on children or strong outreach programs

Large Good Neighbor grants are intended for organizations closely aligned with the areas of interest outlined above. Don’t see your organization or project represented? Check out Small Good Neighbor grants.

Typical requests will take 3-6 months to be processed and funded.

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