News Briefs: Castleton is Cooke Foundation awardee

Rappahannock County’s Castleton Festival was among the nine nonprofits in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to whom the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently awarded $238,770 for its 2015 Good Neighbor Grants, given to organizations focused on academic programs, college access initiatives and arts education.

The one-time grants were worth between $10,000 and $35,000; Castleton Festival’s grant for $20,000 was awarded to support its Castleton Alive program to bring world-class performing arts to 1,000 students, many from rural communities, an initiative of the late Lorin Maazel, esteemed conductor of the New York Philharmonic and co-founder of the festival.

Among the other recipients were two Loudoun County organizations: Journey Through Hallowed Ground ($35,000 to expand access to Extreme Journey, a two-week, experiential history based summer camp) and Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra ($35,000 to launch its Retreat for Excellence in Performance).

Founded in 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and more than $80 million in grants. More at

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