The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants are large-scale private foundation grants in the United States. They not only provide support for organizations based in the United States but in other countries in the world as well. They support large-scale projects aimed at developing the social and health welfare of various communities around the world.
Research the foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants are only open to nonprofit groups and tax-exempt organizations. In the United States, these organizations are commonly referred to as U.S. 501(c)(3) Organizations. U.S. 501(c)(3) Organization status is conferred by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) of the United States government. The staff members of the foundation verify these details before accepting proposals.
Review the eligibility requirements. The Bill and Melinda Gates grants do not provide or offer funds directly to individuals. They only provide funding to groups and organizations. It is up to the grantee groups and partners to deal with individual beneficiaries out in the field.
Apply during the right quarter of the year. An organization wishing to apply for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants must check the current grant-making priorities of the foundation. As of 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is focusing on its Pacific Northwest programs and its Global Health Program.
Send letters of inquiry appropriate to the current activity of the foundation. Interested organizations may only send in their letters of inquiry (LOI) for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants if their projects' goals coincide with the current focus of the grant-making priorities of the foundation. For instance, the foundation has recently announced that it is not accepting LOIs for its Global Health Program.
When applying for these grants, it is important to make sure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements if you want to even be considered for the grants.