Eligibility & Guidelines
Eligibility requirements for a Daniels Fund grant:
Organizations must 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, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, 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.
- In New Mexico, our grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on education-related initiatives. Given the state's unique set of challenges, we maximize our impact by inviting grant requests from nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to improve the education continuum, from cradle to career. Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for New Mexico.
- In Utah, our grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on collective impact programs that coordinate a shared strategic vision with numerous community partners. Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for Utah.
We look for the following in a grant request:
- Alignment — The proposed project or program is strongly aligned with our funding areas and priorities.
- Viability — Sufficient local and other financial support exists to ensure the project or program will be implemented and continue after the grant period. Our goal is to help excellent nonprofits achieve a high level of effectiveness and impact, not to sustain any individual nonprofit indefinitely. A grant award should not be perceived as an indication of future or recurring funding.
- Capacity — Effective leadership, strong financial health, and appropriate knowledge and resources exist to effectively implement programs and services.
- Impact — The program or project will have a significant impact in its community. Grant applications should demonstrate strategic, high impact and a clear evaluation plan with specific measurable outcomes that will be reported at the end of the grant period.
- Performance — The program or project is evidence-based, studied, and/or has proven to be effective.
We do not fund:
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. Please note that grants for New Mexico, Utah, or national coverage are by invitation only.
In addition, we typically do not fund:
How to apply in Colorado or Wyoming:
- Step 1: If your organization has never received a Daniels Fund grant, we ask that you first review our Eligibility & Guidelines information on this page, and the state-specific information on the Colorado or Wyoming pages.
- Step 2: If you believe your request fits well within our eligibility guidelines, click the button on the Colorado or Wyoming page to fill out an inquiry form on our Grants Portal.
- Step 3: Within the inquiry form, schedule a phone call with a Daniels Fund representative to determine if your program or project is a likely candidate for funding before you take the time to complete a full application.
- Step 4: Following our conversation, we may invite you to proceed and submit a grant application.
If you have an active grant, or have received a Daniels Fund grant within the past two years, please contact your Grants Program Officer directly.
If you have questions about our Grants Program eligibility and guidelines, please contact us at GrantsInfo@DanielsFund.org.