​Working together in Washington State.

​Working together in Washington State.

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Grantmaking Process

We develop goals and strategies before allocating resources or making any initial grant investments. From there, our grantmaking approach varies team-by-team and is based on the strategies we develop to advance our programmatic goals. Read more about how we make grants at the Gates Foundation.

In our home state of Washington, our grants primarily focus on improving education from Pre-school through college, addressing family homelessness, and building strong communities.

Over the past several years, we have sought input from leaders from communities of color to ensure our grantmaking strategy is tailored to serve immigrant and refugee students and students of color—people that have, for far too long, been left out of conversations about solutions. In concert with these conversations, we heard from leading researchers to better understand the most promising interventions that can change the trajectory of a student’s learning path.

That process led to the development of our current Washington State strategy. We are now collaborating with grantee and partner organizations to develop proposals that align with our priorities. Throughout this work, we are committed to sharing updates on our progress, reflecting on lessons learned, and making course corrections as needed. We know that ongoing dialogue with our grantees and partners is essential to our collective success.