March 15 is our next capital grant application deadline. Need help? - Gates Family Foundation

Does your organization need support for a big capital project?

March 15 is our first deadline (of two) to apply for a 2023 grant from Gates Family Foundation’s Capital Grants program.

We are here to help you navigate the application process. Please read the information below, and if you’re ready to apply, you can do so here.

If you’re at an earlier stage of the project and would like more guidance, you can submit your idea here and a Gates team member will get back with you shortly to discuss.

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 is here; if you have more questions, please submit your idea!