Frequently Asked Questions
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 and Wyoming
In Colorado and Wyoming, we support programs that fit within our eight grant funding areas:
Alcoholism & Substance Abuse
Early Childhood Education
Homeless & Disadvantaged
K-12 Education Reform
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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 alcohol and substance addiction
- Initiatives working to achieve community-wide results through a quality collective impact framework
- 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
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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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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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2. What don't you fund?
In addition, we typically do not fund:
3. What do you look for 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 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?
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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.
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Click here for details about our Colorado strategy for areas outside the Front Range
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New Mexico and
Due to our focused strategies in New Mexico and Utah, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for these two states.
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5. Do you fund grants outside of your four-state region?
6. Do you fund national grants? If so, what is the process?
7. Do you provide grants to individuals?
8. What is your average grant size?
9. How long are your grant terms?
10. Can a grantee have more than one active grant at a time?
11. Are we eligible if we are using a fiscal sponsor?
Applying for a Grant
1. How do I apply?
Step 1: If your organization has never received a Daniels Fund grant, we ask that you first review our Eligibility & Guidelines information here.
Step 2: If you believe your request fits well within our eligibility guidelines, click the button below 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.
2. How do I apply if I have received a grant from the Daniels Fund in the past?
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?
4. When will I be notified whether my application has been accepted or declined?
5. When can current grantees reapply?
6. If my grant request is declined, when can I reapply?
1. What is the criteria for who should schedule an inquiry call?
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 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?
2. Can I copy and paste text from a Word document into the application form?
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?
5. How do I submit my application once it is complete?
6. How can I tell if my application has been submitted and received by the Daniels Fund?
7. How can I share my application with other people?
For all other grants questions, please contact us at GrantsInfo@DanielsFund.org.