Community Planning As noted previously, Colorado had the second fastest growing population in the U.S. in 2015, with the majority of the growth occurring in the Front Range urban corridor. Development patterns during this boom will impact resource consumption and the social fabric for decades to come. Gates invests a relatively small amount of grant funding in compelling projects that tangibly advance inclusive, affordable, healthy, and sustainable communities that offer a high quality of life for all residents. The Foundation invests in community planning projects with an explicit goal to create on-the-ground improvements. Gates’ strategies include supporting activities that advance smart growth and sustainable development, green building techniques, community engagement, and neighborhood revitalization and stabilization in distressed areas.
Foundation resources in this area are highly limited and investments are reserved for select, catalytic opportunities that leverage other public and private funding opportunities and demonstrate an exceptional opportunity for impact.