Grants

Investing in outstanding nonprofit organizations
in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

 

Funding Areas

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Daniels Grants Program.

General Questions and Eligibility

1. What do you fund?

  • The Daniels Fund focuses on supporting highly effective nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to achieve significant results in their communities.
  • We provide grants for specific programs or projects, general operating support, or capital campaigns.

Colorado — Front Range
In the Colorado Front Range, we support programs that fit within our eight grant funding areas:
Aging
Amateur Sports
Disabilities
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Early Childhood Education
Homeless & Disadvantaged
K-12 Education Reform
Youth Development
These funding areas were personally defined by our founder, Bill Daniels, and they do not change.

Colorado — Outside the Front Range
In Colorado, for all areas outside the Front Range, our approach to grantmaking emphasizes priorities that were developed after hearing directly from community leaders across the state. In addition, we focus on certain program considerations during the review and approval process. However, we remain open to considering funding requests that fall within our eight funding areas.

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

Program Considerations:
  • Programs that have regional impact
  • Programs that address community challenges at the systemic level
  • Efforts that generate strong local support and provide a "rallying point" for the broader community

Click for more information on Colorado grants and a map showing the Front Range and Outside the Front Range regions as defined by our Grants Program

New Mexico
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 in New Mexico, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications.

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Utah
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 in Utah, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications.

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Wyoming
In Wyoming, we support programs that fit within our eight grant funding areas:
Aging
Amateur Sports
Disabilities
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Early Childhood Education
Homeless & Disadvantaged
K-12 Education Reform
Youth Development
These funding areas were personally defined by our founder, Bill Daniels, and they do not change.

Click for more information on Wyoming grants

2. What don't you 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:
  • 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

3. What do you look for in a grant request?

Our team spends time visiting the communities we serve to get to know area nonprofits, learn about effective programs and projects, and understand the unique needs of each community. Nonprofit organizations must have a 501(c)(3) status or government equivalent and provide programs or services in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. We also look for:
  • 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 show 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.

4. Do you have different funding strategies for each state?

Yes, the Daniels Fund has tailored grantmaking strategies and objectives for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to address each state's specific needs.

Colorado and Wyoming The Daniels Fund has specific objectives for each of our funding and geographic areas. To achieve our goals and maximize our impact, we work closely with a limited number of highly effective nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated ability to achieve measureable results.

Click here for details about our Colorado strategy
Click here for details about our Wyoming strategy
New Mexico and
Utah
Due to our focused strategies in New Mexico and Utah, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for these two states.

Click here for details about our New Mexico strategy
Click here for details about our Utah strategy

5. Do you fund grants outside of your four-state region?

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

6. Do you fund national grants? If so, what is the process?

The Daniels Fund provides limited support for select programs with a nationwide focus. These grants are very competitive and are by invitation only.

7. Do you provide grants to individuals?

No, we do not provide grants to individuals. Grantees must be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) status or government equivalent.

8. What is your average grant size?

Grant amounts vary and depend on many factors. However, for reference, in 2016, the median grant award for Colorado and Wyoming (where we accept unsolicited applications) was approximately $60,000.

9. How long are your grant terms?

Grants are generally awarded for 12-month terms.

10. Can a grantee have more than one active grant at a time?

No, organizations may only have one active grant at any given time.

11. Are we eligible if we are using a fiscal sponsor?

In some cases. The sponsored organization and the sponsored project must have missions that are similar. If you are invited to apply, the application will identify specific documents required for grantees with a fiscal sponsor.


Applying for a Grant

1. How do I 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 here, 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.


Due to our focused strategies for New Mexico, Utah, and national grants, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for these geographies.

2. How do I apply if I have received a grant from the Daniels Fund in the past?

If you have received a grant from us within the last two years, please reach out to your Grants Program Officer directly about your project. They would be happy to reconnect with you.

If it has been more than two years since your last Daniels Fund grant, please start with an inquiry call. Refer to question #1 ("How do I apply?") for details.

3. When are your application deadlines?

We do not have specific deadlines, so you may apply anytime. Please note that it takes approximately 120 days to review an application.

4. When will I be notified whether my application has been accepted or declined?

Every applicant will be notified within approximately 120 days whether their application has been accepted or declined.

5. When can current grantees reapply?

Current grantees may reapply at the end of their grant term — after all reporting requirements have been fulfilled, and the organization has been notified that the grant is closed. Please note that there is no guarantee of future funding for current grantees.

6. If my grant request is declined, when can I reapply?

Applicants whose grant requests are declined must wait one year before reapplying.


Inquiry Calls

1. What is the criteria for who should schedule an inquiry call?

We continually look for opportunities to support excellent programs and organizations that align with our funding priorities. Therefore, inquiry calls should be scheduled for eligible programs in Colorado and Wyoming. Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for New Mexico, Utah, or national programs.

You should schedule an inquiry call if:
  • You have reviewed our eligibility requirements and believe that your project fits with our requirements.
  • This is a first time request and you have no previous grant history with the Daniels Fund.
  • You haven't received a Daniels Fund grant within the last two years.

2. When is it appropriate to reach out to a Daniels Fund Grants Program Officer and bypass the inquiry call process?

If your organization has an active grant, or has received a Daniels Fund grant within the last two years. They would be happy to reconnect with you.

If it has been more than two years since your last Daniels Fund grant, please start with an inquiry call. Refer to question #1 ("How do I apply?") in the Applying for a Grant section for details.


Application Technical Questions

1. What should I do if I am having technical difficulties with my online application?

If you have any technical difficulties accessing or using the online grant application, please contact our Grants Administration Officer at [email protected]. Please note that using Google Chrome or Safari is recommended.

2. Can I copy and paste text from a Word document into the application form?

Yes. Please note the application questions have character limits. After pasting text from Word into the online grant application, be sure to check for any loss of formatting.

3. If I'm in the middle of my application, how do I save my progress and continue working later?

  • Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen of your in-progress application. We recommend doing this often. Once saved, you will be redirected to the Grants Portal home page.
  • To find your in-progress application later, log into https://danielsfund.fluxx.io using your username and password. Under the Requests menu on the left-hand side, click on Pending Requests.

4. How do I include and/or delete documents in my grant application?

Applicants should upload required and optional documents using the online application system. Follow the instructions in the Documents section of the online application to upload the required attachments listed. If you need to delete a document and attach a new one, hover over the document title and click on the red icon to the right.

5. How do I submit my application once it is complete?

Once you are satisfied with the contents of your application, click the Submit button at the bottom of the application. The system will notify you if you have any incomplete required questions that must be answered before your application can be submitted. Once all required questions are answered, click Submit to forward your application to the Daniels Fund for consideration.

6. How can I tell if my application has been submitted and received by the Daniels Fund?

When you click the Submit button, you will receive an email confirmation that we have received your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact our Grants Administration Officer at [email protected].

7. How can I share my application with other people?

If you would like to give another person permission to review your application, please contact our Grants Administration Officer at [email protected]. Please specify that person's full name, job title, and email address. They will then receive instructions on how to access the application.


For all other grants inquiries, please contact us at [email protected].