HIV/AIDS Grant Guidelines

The Gill Foundation is committed to creating a Colorado in which all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, are treated equally. Unfortunately, diverse and complex obstacles stand in the way for many LGBT Americans.  Overcoming each of these obstacles is what defines the work of the Gill Foundation.  Included in this work is the prevention of HIV/AIDS and treatment of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Colorado.

The Gill Foundation funds organizations that work to prevent HIV/AIDS infection and treat people living with HIV/AIDS using evidenced-based models.  We prioritize funding organizations that work in collaboration with other non-profit and government agencies to ensure continued prevention and service provision throughout Colorado.  The foundation also prioritizes organizations that utilize advocacy efforts to ensure fair and equal treatment of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS.


Please be aware of the following limitations or exclusions on funding from the Gill Foundation:

  • Proposals that meet these funding guidelines are not guaranteed funding.
  • Organizations may submit only one letter of inquiry (LOI) and proposal to the Gill Foundation every 12 months.
  • Grant requests should not exceed 15 percent of an organization’s total budget or 50 percent of a project budget.
  • First-time grantees rarely receive grants in excess of $10,000.
  • Funding is limited to programming within Colorado.
  • The Gill Foundation does not provide grant money for lobbying and does not support efforts to influence the election of candidates for public office.
  • The following are ineligible for funding under these guidelines: endowments, capital projects, pride events, arts and cultural programming, individuals, scholarships, and debt relief.


All organizations receiving funds from the Gill Foundation must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess current IRS 501(c)(3) determination
  • Have a board-approved nondiscrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender expression in effect. Click here for more details.


Grant proposals are by invitation only.  Unsolicited grant proposals will not be accepted. Current grantees should contact their program officer.

To be considered for an invitation to submit a grant proposal, organizations that are not current grantees should submit a letter of inquiry via email to courtneyl@annualreports.gillfoundation.org. LOIs can be submitted at anytime throughout the year from January to September.

Letters of inquiry should be limited to 1000 words and include the following (attachments are not allowed):

  • A brief summary of the organization
  • A description of the proposed project and how it meets these guidelines
  • The grant request amount, total project budget, and total organization budget
  • Other major committed and projected funding for the project

An invitation to submit a full grant proposal does not imply or guarantee funding. If you have questions regarding this process or the application, please contact our Grants Administrator at 303-292-4455 or grantsmanager@annualreports.gillfoundation.org.

Mail or email complete letter of intent and all additional information to:

Gill Foundation
Attn. Courtney Lake
2215 Market Street
Denver, CO  80205


  • Staff will review all letters of intent.  A decision on whether applicants should submit a full proposal will be determined within 90 days of the application deadline.
  • The Gill Foundation will initiate all contact with applicants if further clarification or information is needed.
  • A request for a full proposal does not imply or guarantee funding.


If you have additional questions about the application process, please call 303-292-4455 or email grantsmanager@annualreports.gillfoundation.org.