As of 2016, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers grants primarily to 501(c)(3) organizations and other non-profit organizations in the United States. The types of grants offered vary based on the organization's specific campaigns. Past grant opportunities have included funding for organizations devoted to saving lives at birth, vaccine manufacturing, newborn and infant gut health, and reducing malaria transmission. Interested parties can visit GatesFoundation.org to see current requests for grant proposals.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does not award grants to individuals, and funding is not given to organizations with strictly religious purposes, lobbyist groups, political groups, or building campaigns.
In most cases, the foundation directly contacts organizations to submit a proposal for grant funding. However, organizations can respond to requests for proposals by submitting the required forms and documentation. Most grants require a proposal narrative, results framework, tracking information, and budget data as part of the application process.
Leaders across the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation make decisions regarding which grant proposals are accepted. GatesFoundation.org includes information regarding past grant recipients. The Foundation is committed to accountability and transparency. Their Open Access Policy ensures that publications are accessible online, the Foundation covers necessary publication fees, and the data that guides published research is accessible to the public.