- 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.
- Capital grant requests are generally not considered until commitments for approximately 30% of the funds needed to complete the project are in place.
- Grant support is generally confined to organizations that provide services benefiting the state of Colorado and its citizens.
- Wherever 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 expects evidence of strong support for the project from the community.
- Applicant organizations should incorporate green building and sustainable development practices into their projects whenever possible.
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.
You will be required to upload or attach documents to your application. These documents must already be saved on your computer before you can browse and upload them to your application. Documents that are requested ca be in Word, Excel, PDF, or JPG format.
- The first time you apply online, you will be prompted to create an account using an e-mail address and a password. Your organization should create only ONE account and password to be shared by persons in your organization responsible for submitting grant requests. Passwords should contain between 5 – 25 characters. This account will contain copies of your in-progress and/or submitted applications, which you can access at any time.
- Please save the confirmation e-mails reminding you of the e-mail and password you used to create your account and the link to access your account (to return to your saved application or to view your submitted application). Be sure cookies are enabled on your internet browser.
- You may copy and paste from other documents into fields, as needed.
- You may spell check your entries by clicking the red check mark to the right of the field.
- You will be required to upload or attach documents to your application. File size should not exceed 20mb. These documents must already be saved on your computer before you can browse and upload them to your application. Documents that are requested can be in Word, Excel, PDF or JPG format.
- Verify that the information is correct. Once your application has been submitted, you will NOT have an opportunity to make changes or include attachments.
- Add the following e-mail address to your address book and approved senders list to ensure that you receive our automated e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gates Family Foundation Foundation uses MicroEdge GIFTS© software for our online applications. You are not able to work in more than one application that uses the MicroEdge GIFTS© software at the same time, even if the applications are for different Grantors. The software allows you to save only one application if multiple applications are open. You can save responses into a Word document and then cut and paste into your application from the Word document. You will know you are in a MicroEdge GIFTS© application when the webpage address begins with “www.grantrequest.com”. Please log out of any other applications using this software prior to beginning or editing an application.