Foundation / Corporation
Gates Family Foundation (GFF)
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and agencies for capital projects. Funding is intended to support nonprofits that address essential community issues. Eligible uses of funding include construction, building purchase, renovation, expansion, and land acquisition. Green building and sustainable development practices should be incorporated into projects whenever possible.
The Foundation seeks to invest its funds in organizations that address root problems with substantive solutions. The Foundation places importance on sound management of an applying organization, including effective leadership of the organization's board that fully supports the project in question. The Foundation also expects evidence of strong support for the project from the community.Funding is intended for construction, building purchase, renovation, expansion, and land acquisition. Green building and sustainable development practices should be incorporated into projects whenever possible.
The Foundation seeks to invest its funds in organizations that address root problems with substantive solutions. The Foundation places importance on sound management of an applying organization, including effective leadership of the organization's board that fully supports the project in question. The Foundation also expects evidence of strong support for the project from the community.
GrantWatch ID#: 178997
Applicants must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code"), classified as public charities under section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Code, and be able to provide tax-exempt documentation issued within the last five years. In limited circumstances, the Foundation also considers grant requests from governmental entities.
Grant support is generally confined to organizations that provide services benefiting the state of Colorado and its citizens.
Although the Gates Family Foundation reviews each proposal separately, it generally does not:
- Grant funds for general operating or program expenses unless initiated by the Foundation.
- Provide loans, grants, scholarships, or camperships to individuals.
- Grant funds for projects that have been substantially completed prior to the next trustees' meeting.
- Grant funds for conferences, meetings, or studies that are not initiated by the Foundation.
- Consider more than one proposal from an organization in a calendar year unless initiated by the Foundation, and does not reconsider previously denied proposals.
- Grant funds to other private foundations or organizations engaged in grant making.
- Grant funds to retire operating or construction debt.
- Grant funds for the purchase of vehicles.
- Grant funds to purchase office or computer equipment unless they are part of a comprehensive capital campaign.
- Grant funds directly to individual public schools or public school districts unless initiated by the Foundation.
- Grant funds for medical research or grant funds for the construction of major medical facilities.
- Purchase tickets for fundraising dinners, parties, benefits, balls, or other social fundraising events.
- Support religious organizations or activities.
- Schedule interviews with the Foundation trustees unless the trustees initiate the meeting.
- Grant funds for political or lobbying activities.
- Grant funds to supporting organizations described in section 509(a)(3), other than a Type I, Type II or functionally-integrated Type III supporting organization of which is not (and the supported organization of which is not) directly or indirectly controlled by a disqualified person of either the Foundation or a family fund.
- Grant funds to foreign organizations.
Applicants should have commitments for approximately 30% of the funds needed to complete the project before submitting a capital grant application to the Foundation.
Prior to submitting a proposal, many applicants find it useful to call a program officer of the Foundation to review the substance of the proposed project.
Alternatively, applicants may submit an initial inquiry by completing the Narrative in Section III of the Capital Common Grant Application. If the information in the narrative appears to dovetail with the Foundation's funding priorities for capital grants, staff will request a completed Capital Common Grant Application.
- January 15 (Trustee review in early April)
- April 1 (Trustee review in mid-June)
- October 1 (Trustee review in mid-December)
Starting in 2012, the Foundation began using a two-step process to review capital grant requests. Each quarter, staff will review proposals submitted and identify any it believes are eligible but unlikely to be recommended or approved to receive funding. If there is unanimous agreement among the trustees, the requests included in the group will be eliminated from consideration at this point and the applicants notified of this decision. The balance will be scheduled for site visits and further staff review.
The Foundation will send letters outlining all trustee decisions on capital grants within two weeks following each quarterly meeting.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grant requests may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Rucker, Program Officer/Grants Manager
Gates Family Foundation
1390 Lawrence Street, #400
Denver, Colorado 80204-2081