Strategic Grant

From Gates Family Foundation

Once a corporate and community well-being initiative of the Gates Rubber Company, the Gates Family Foundation now works to advance opportunities in a variety of ways for all Coloradoans, promote excellent stewardship of the state’s natural resources, and grow leadership and build civic capacity.

Grant uses


Gates Family Foundation uses a portfolio approach to grant making in the priority areas of Education, Natural Resources, Community Development and Informed Communities.

Key strategies in each priority area include:

  • Education: innovative learning environments, school system innovation, and conditions for sustained innovation
  • Natural Resources: balanced water management, forest health and watershed restoration, and landscape conservation and land trust capacity building
  • Community Development: economic mobility for families and individuals, and equitable community assets
  • Informed Communities: a stronger civic news ecosystem, more coverage of Gates’ core issue areas, and more diverse and inclusive local news leadership, voices and models

While we do not accept unsolicited proposals for funding in our priority areas, introductory inquiries may be submitted by reaching out to a program officer or submitting an idea online.


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Organization Type
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Step 1: Pre-proposal
Application deadline
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Contact info
Caroline Menard
(303) 722-1881
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