Daniels Fund Grants Program

Daniels Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Approximately US $75,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Alcoholism Drug Abuse Education - K through 12 Education - Preschool / Early Learning Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Homelessness Services Supportive Housing & Shelters Financial Literacy Palliative Care Youth Development & Leadership Hospice / End of Life Care Sports & Athletics Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Teacher Development & Training Physical Disabilities Career/College Preparation Parenting Counseling & Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Colorado, Wyoming

Location of residency: Colorado, Wyoming

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The Daniels Fund provides grants to support highly effective nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through the Daniels Fund Grants Program.

Bill Daniels helped a tremendous number of people during his lifetime, and continues to do so in extraordinary ways through the foundation he established. The Daniels Fund honors Bill’s direction and carries forward his legacy of generosity. We strive to be compassionate, approachable, and responsive. 

The Daniels Fund focuses on supporting highly effective and ethical nonprofit organizations that achieve significant results in the community. The geographic regions we serve, as well as our grant funding areas, were personally defined by our founder, and they do not change.

Funding Areas

These funding areas were established by our founder and they do not change:


Bill Daniels' Motivation

Bill helped to fulfill his mother's wish to remain in her own home and maintain her independence as she aged. In his later years, Bill gained additional insight from his own personal experiences.

Desired Result

  • Older adults achieve maximum independence and quality of life.

Our Strategy

  • In-Home Services:
    • Seniors receive the services they need to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Respite care and navigator services are readily available to support family members caring for their elderly loved ones.
  • Community Engagement:
    • Seniors enjoy the benefits of remaining physically and mentally active, and participate in meaningful activities that contribute to their sense of purpose.
  • End-of-Life/Palliative Care
    • Seniors nearing the end of their lives have access to high quality, compassionate hospice and palliative care.

Amateur Sports

Bill Daniels’ Motivation

Bill loved sports and knew from personal experience that participation in sports and the influence of quality coaches could change the direction of a young person's life for the better.

Desired Result

Youth experience the benefits of participating in sports programs. Elite amateur athletes have the opportunity to participate in national and international competition.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Youth Sports
    • Affordable, community-based, multi-sport activities are available for youth, led by coaches trained to build a positive youth sports culture that promotes confidence, discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
  • Competition
    • National and international amateur sports competitions take place in the community. The costs of participation in national or international competitions — such as training and travel expenses — are offset for elite athletes.


Bill Daniels’ Motivation

One of Bill's sisters was born with developmental disabilities. Bill observed how his parents' choice to provide compassionate care at home enhanced his sister's health and happiness. Later in life, he suffered from his own disability — severe hearing loss.

Desired Result

People with disabilities achieve dignity through maximum independence and quality of life.

Our Strategy

  •  Developmental Disabilities
    • People with developmental disabilities receive the supportive services they need to achieve the greatest level of independence and quality of life possible. Respite care is readily available to support family members caring for loved ones.
  • Physical Disabilities (Equipment)
    • People with physical disabilities gain access to life-altering equipment that maximizes their independence and quality of life.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Bill Daniels’ Motivation

Bill suffered from alcoholism and embraced sobriety after seeking treatment. He talked openly about his ongoing recovery as a way to educate and provide hope to others. Bill personally helped countless friends and business associates seek treatment and regain control of their lives.

Desired Result

Adults and youth with drug and alcohol addiction challenges achieve and maintain stability.

Our Strategy

  • Prevention (Emphasis on Youth)
    • The risks and repercussions associated with drug and alcohol addiction are effectively conveyed to young people, resulting in positive behavioral and perceptional changes.
  • Treatment & After-Care Services (Recovery)
    • Individuals maintain long-term sobriety by having access to high quality treatment programs and supportive after-care services.

Early Childhood Education

Bill Daniels’ Motivation

Bill saw the need for healthy, safe, and nurturing early childhood experiences in the home and beyond. He wanted to ensure early childhood education started children on a path to success.

Desired Result

Kindergarten readiness is ensured through an improved early childhood system.

Our Strategy

  • Teacher/Leadership Quality
    • Teachers, leaders, and caregivers receive the essential training and support that ensures children in their care are well-prepared for kindergarten.
  • Program Quality
    • System-level investments improve curriculum, materials, and resources across multiple learning sites.
  • Parental Engagement
    • Parents and other caregivers are empowered to become "first teachers" by gaining awareness of important developmental milestones and knowledge of effective strategies to ensure children reach them.

Note: We typically do not provide funding for individual child care centers.

Homeless & Disadvantaged

Bill Daniels’ Motivation

Bill's great compassion for people struggling to meet basic human needs fueled his desire to help them get back on their feet. He wanted to offer disadvantaged individuals and families a hand-up and spark their motivation to reenter the workforce.

Desired Result

Homeless individuals and families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency without the need for public assistance.

Our Strategy

  • Transitional Housing & Supportive Services
    • Individuals and families who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless break the cycle of poverty and attain economic self-sufficiency by receiving access to transitional housing, comprehensive supportive services, and employment opportunities.
  • Emergency Services*
    • Individuals and families experiencing the initial stages of homelessness move from crisis toward economic self-sufficiency by receiving overnight shelter and food assistance in a structured manner that encourages both accountability and participation in case management.

* Our investment in this area is limited

K-12 Education Reform

Our Strategy: Support innovative efforts to reform the K-12 education system, resulting in a wider range of high quality school choices and increased student achievement.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Reform/School Choice
    • Achieve systemic education reform by supporting high-performing charter schools and tuition assistance programs (portable vouchers) that broaden quality educational options for families. Competition prompts challenges to the status quo.
  • Teacher/Leadership Quality*
    • Teachers and school leaders receive innovative training and support to maximize student achievement.
  • Parental Engagement
    • Parents are better educated in the areas of school quality and choice, and understand how to be effective advocates for their children.

* Emphasis is on charter schools

Youth Development

Bill Daniels' Motivation

Bill supported character-building programs that help youth become confident, patriotic, and independent. He wanted kids to develop personal accountability and responsibility. He also wanted them to understand the value of money, the free enterprise system, and that success is earned through hard work.

Desired Result

Youth develop character and gain the necessary life skills to become successful adults.

  • Career & Technical Education
    • All youth — whether planning to earn a college degree or not — develop clear pathways to meaningful employment through opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • Civic Engagement
    • Youth actively contribute to bettering their communities as engaged, informed citizens with strong American values.
  • Financial Literacy & Free Enterprise
    • Youth become active participants in the free enterprise system by developing a strong understanding of economics, business, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.

We Would be Delighted to Visit with You

The Daniels Fund grants team spends time visiting the communities we serve to get to know area nonprofits, learn about effective programs and projects, and understand how needs vary from place to place.

We continually look for opportunities to support excellent programs that align with our funding priorities. We look forward to speaking with you.

Our State-Specific Grantmaking Approach

The Daniels Fund has tailored its grantmaking strategies and objectives for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to address specific needs in each state.

National Grant Funding

The Daniels Fund supports select programs with a nationwide focus by invitation only. We do not provide funding for regional, local, or community-based programs outside our four-state region.

Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited national grant applications.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility requirements for a Daniels Fund grant:
    • Organizations need to provide programs or services in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming.
      • The Daniels Fund supports select programs with a nationwide focus by invitation only.
    • Programs or projects must align with our donor's intent and fit within the Daniels Fund's funding areas: Aging, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Early Childhood Education, Homeless & Disadvantaged, K-12 Education Reform, and Youth Development.
    • Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) status or government equivalent.
    • Grant requests must be for a specific program or project, general operating support, or capital campaign.
    • Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for New Mexico.


  • Priorities for Colorado Outside the Front Range:
    • Youth programs, especially those that focus on career and technical education, and entrepreneurship
    • Facilities that accommodate and encourage community gatherings (such as senior centers, youth centers, recreation centers, and community sports complexes)
    • Proven programs that deliver prevention education and/or treatment for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction
    • Initiatives working to achieve community-wide results through a quality collective impact framework


  • The Daniels Fund supports select programs with a nationwide focus by invitation only.
  • Please note that grants for New Mexico, Utah, or national coverage are by invitation only.
  • We do not fund programs that are not aligned with our eight designated funding areas, or regional, local, or community-based programs outside of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, or Utah.
  • In addition, we typically do not fund: 
    • Arts, cultural, or museum programs (including those teaching and serving youth) 
    • Candidates for political office
    • Debt retirement
    • Endowments
    • Environmental stewardship programs
    • Historic preservation projects
    • Individual early child care centers in the Colorado Front Range
    • Individuals
    • Library programs
    • Medical or scientific research
    • Mentorship, tutoring, or college prep programs
    • Nutrition, health, or obesity programs
    • Private schools
    • Single sport programs
    • Sponsorships, tables, or tickets for special events or fundraising events
    • Start-up programs without broad community financial support

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This page was last reviewed September 01, 2023 and last updated September 01, 2023