Gates Family Foundation offers Capital grants

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Gates Family Foundation’s Capital Grants program deadline

March 15 is the first of two 2023 deadlines to apply for a grant from Gates Family Foundation’s Capital Grants program this year — and our team is hosting office hours to help you navigate the application process. If you are planning to submit for the March 15 deadline and have questions, sign up today for a 30-minute Zoom session with Senior Program Officer Lisa Rucker.

What do we fund?

Our capital grants are generally limited to comprehensive capital campaigns, which are typically for building purchases, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. Only nonprofit organizations with capital projects that benefit Colorado and its residents are qualified to apply. Full eligibility requirements and restrictions are here.

What do we prioritize?

We make capital grants in five priority areas — arts & culture, community development, education, parks & recreation, and well-being of children, youth & families. You can see examples of what we fund in each of these areas here. The program is highly competitive, and not every application will be funded; when making award decisions, we prioritize:

  • Projects that address root problems with substantive solutions
  • Projects with strong evidence of support from the community and the organization’s board
  • Projects in rural and low-income areas across Colorado where there are fewer individuals and institutions providing support for capital projects
  • Projects that serve individuals and communities of color who have faced historic inequities and lack of access to funding
  • Projects that reinforce the foundation’s strategic priorities in K-12 public education, natural resources, community development and informed communities
  • Projects that address climate change, and/or incorporate green building and sustainable development practices

How do I apply?

More information on the process can be found online at:; if you have additional questions, please sign up to join Lisa for office hours! Gates Family Foundation, 1390 Lawrence St., Suite 400, Denver, CO 80204-2081.

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