Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions and Eligibility
- 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.
In the Colorado Front Range, we provide grants in all eight funding areas without region-specific refinement:
Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Early Childhood Education
Homeless & Disadvantaged
K-12 Education Reform
Colorado Outstate, Utah, and Wyoming
While we are open to considering requests in all eight funding areas for Colorado Outstate and Wyoming, our grantmaking approach emphasizes the following priorities:
- 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, and community sports complexes)
- Proven programs that deliver prevention education and/or treatment for drug and alcohol addiction
- Collaborative initiatives/partnerships working to achieve community-wide results
- Programs that have regional impact, address community challenges at the systemic level, and/or generate strong local support from the community
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In New Mexico, our grantmaking strategy focuses primarily on increasing the number of quality choice K-12 seats available to students. Due to our focused strategy in New Mexico, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications.
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These funding areas were personally defined by our founder, Bill Daniels, and they do not change.
In addition, we typically do not fund:
- 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 results 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.
|Colorado, Utah, 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.
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Click here for details about our Utah and Wyoming strategies
Due to our focused strategy, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for New Mexico.
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Applying for a Grant
In Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming:
If your organization has not previously received a Daniels Fund grant, please review our Eligibility & Guidelines information here.
If you believe your request is a solid fit with our eligibility criteria and guidelines, please proceed to the page for Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming and follow the instructions to submit an inquiry form on our Grants Portal.
After you submit your inquiry form, you will receive an email confirmation. Your inquiry will be reviewed by a member of our Grants Program staff, who may reach out for additional information.
Following our review of your inquiry, we will contact you to let you know whether or not you should proceed and submit a grant application.
If you have an active Daniels Fund grant, or have received a grant within the past two years, please contact your Grants Program Officer directly.
Due to our focused strategies for New Mexico and national grants, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications for these geographies.
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.
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
- 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.
For all other questions, please contact us at: