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Gates Family Foundation Community Grants (Colorado)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Gates Family Foundation


    The Gates Family Foundation invests in programs that create opportunities for youth, and support stewardship and promote the quality of life in the State of Colorado. Through the Capital Projects Grant Program, the foundation supports the following areas:

    • Arts and Culture: Through this program area the foundation supports cultural organizations that: (a) enhance the quality of community life while also strengthening the economy; (b) link a community with its heritage and contribute to usable community infrastructure; and, (c) serve as an educational resource for children, youth, and adults. Funding examples in this area include: (a) libraries and museums; (b) community theaters; (c) performing arts organizations; (d) historic preservation that contributes to community revitalization.
    • Education: Through this program area, the foundation supports major capital projects for: (a) charter schools that serve a substantial proportion of low-income students (generally, at least 50% of the student body will qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch), have demonstrated high academic achievement, and are utilizing a sustainable financial model; (b) public schools in rural areas that have planned capital improvements which are heavily used by the community, and that reinforce the long-term viability of the area; (c) licensed early childhood education centers with particular, but not exclusive, interest in rural areas of the state to assure readiness for elementary school and to strengthen rural economies; (d) organizations that provide life-long learning and experiential learning to a broad audience; and, (e) independent school and public and private university capital campaigns on a highly selective basis. Funding examples in this area include: (a) participation in the matching requirement for a charter school receiving a BEST grant; (b) rural school improving its auditorium or athletic field for school and community use; (c) rural community establishing an early childhood education center to fill an unmet need; (d) early childhood education center making significant facility improvements in order to advance the quality of care for the children served; (e) facility improvements for an organization that provides adult GED, literacy, or vocational training; and, (f) on a highly selective basis, support for public and private universities with campaigns to improve their science, technology, library, and engineering related facilities. 
    • Well-being of Children, Youth and Families: Through this funding area, the foundation supports organizations that encourage individuals to: (a) develop greater self-sufficiency, including the well-being and independence of disadvantaged families and the elderly; (b) increase leadership and life skills; and, (c) maintain good health and well-being rather than cure disease. Funding examples in this area include: (a) human service organizations promoting self-sufficiency; (b) community and senior centers; (c) family resource centers; (d) youth mentoring organizations; (e) nonprofit dental clinics; (f) residential treatment centers for youth; (g) transitional housing facilities; (h) job training; and, (i) rural health centers (non-FQHC). 
    • Parks and Recreation: Through this program area the foundation supports capital projects that: (a)invest in land and water protection that safeguards important natural resources, habitat, and the health of natural systems; (b) help preserve the states ranching and agricultural legacy and encourage smart land use patterns; (c) construct and improve urban and mountain parks and open space for public recreation and access; (d) maintain the states urban and mountain trail systems; (e) provide recreation, environmental education and leadership opportunities for young people; and, (f) encourage the spirit of scientific inquiry as well as the preservation of natural habitat. Funding examples in this area include:(a) land conservation and easement purchases; (b) greenways and trail systems; and, (c) outdoor/indoor recreation facilities; and, (d) urban public spaces and community gardens. 
    • Community Development: Through this program area the foundation supports projects that:(a) have the potential to reinforce and enhance the economic vitality of a community; and, (b) involve partnerships between public and private sector organizations that seek to improve the economic and cultural health of communities. Funding examples in this area include: (a) restoration of historically significant architecture that contributes to community revitalization; (b) development of rural main streets as a means of promoting community revitalization; (c) heritage tourism as a means of promoting economic health for rural areas; and, (d) public-private partnerships for economic development.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    The Gates Family Foundation embraces programs with the following values and attributes:

    • Strategic - concerned with impact and value added/leverage
    • Forward looking - taking a long-term view
    • Good partners - approachable, supportive, and respectful of partners and collaborators
    • Data and information driven
    • Flexible, adaptable
    • Bipartisan and fair
    • Rigorous
    • An agent for constructive change


    Lisa Rucker

    Lisa Rucker
    1390 Lawrence Street, #400
    Denver, CO 80204
    (303) 722-1881
    (303) 316-3038

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3), or equivalent, by the Internal Revenue Service, and be able to provide proper tax-exempt documentation issued within the last five years. Grant support is generally confined to organizations that provide services benefiting the state of Colorado and its citizens.

    Deadline Details

    Capital grant applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. Funding decisions are made quarterly. In order for each proposal to be thoughtfully studied, it is highly recommended for the applying organization to submit a proposal at least ten weeks prior to the trustees' meeting.

    • January 15 (Trustee review in early April)
    • April 1 (Trustee review in mid-June)
    • October 1 (Trustee review in mid-December)

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary.


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