Foundation Updates for Applicants, Grantees, and Partners - Gates Family Foundation
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Updated April 13, 2022

Gates Family Foundation is committed to helping our staff and their families, our partners, and our community stay healthy by doing what we can to help mitigate the impact of the ongoing public health crisis. Currently, here are our policies that impact our staff, partners, and office guests:

  • Gates office and meetings: The Gates Family Foundation office at 1390 Lawrence is now open on a limited basis. Starting April 2022, staff members are working in the office two days a week, with Tuesdays being an all-staff office day. We are requesting all in-person visitors to be fully vaccinated (with boosters), and our ability to accommodate outside groups is very limited.
  • Contacting staff members: Individual staff members are continuing to work remotely up to three days per week, and remain equipped to host virtual meetings via Zoom. We encourage you to reach us by email or phone during this period. Our staff contact information is here. Messages left on our office numbers are being redirected to email, so please allow time for response.
  • Capital grant requests and site visits for June 2022 board meeting: Site visits for 2022 capital grant applications may be held virtually or in person, at the mutual discretion of the applicant and the assigned Gates program officer. As usual, Gates staff members will notify grant applicants of board decisions following the meeting.
  • Gates Fellowship: Harvard University will host its Senior Executives in State and Local Government in the summer of 2022, after cancelling the program in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. In April, we named a 2022 cohort of seven new Gates Fellows. Gates Fellows selected for the 2020 cohort have been invited to attend the program this summer, as well.

We will keep this page updated with any new developments. If you have feedback or questions, please email Carol Menard at