CHESAPEAKE, Va., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cox Communications Virginia 2016-2017 Cox Charities grant cycle is now open. Applications will be accepted until December 2, 2016, with awards announced in February 2017. Applications and information are available at www.coxcharities.org. Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications, supports non-profit organizations focused on providing quality educational programs to youth throughout Virginia. Now in its seventh year, the program supports Cox communities in the Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Roanoke service areas. "Since 2009, Cox Charities has awarded $815,000 in grants to deserving nonprofit organizations in Virginia," said JD Myers, II, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications Virginia. "Our goal is to support local organizations focused on youth education. By doing so, we strengthen our communities and invest in our future generations to ensure they reach their highest potential." To be considered for funding, nonprofit groups must support youth in Cox's Hampton Roads, Roanoke, Fairfax County, or Fredericksburg service areas. Education programs that further the academic achievement and development of young people through science and technology, mentoring, literacy and other areas promoting youth education are eligible. Grants are awarded in $5,000 and $10,000 increments. To learn about specific grant criteria, apply online, or make a contribution to Cox Charities, visit www.coxcharities.org or call (757) 222-2646. Media Contact: Sarah Buck at (757) 222.2646 or Sarah.Buck@cox.comAbout Cox CommunicationsCox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity nine times, including the last eight years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.