Daniels Fund: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Daniels Fund invests in aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, the homeless and disadvantaged, K-12 education reform and youth development in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

IP TAKE: The Daniels Fund early childhood education program prioritizes teacher and program quality and parent involvement with the aim of increasing kindergarten readiness in the areas it serves. This funder accepts inquiries from organizations operating in Colorado and Wyoming via its website.

PROFILE: The Daniels Fund was established in 2000, upon the death of its founder, cable television pioneer Bill Daniels. Based in Denver, Colorado, the fund aims to "fulfill the intent and direction" of its founder and "to reflect his compassion, ethics and integrity." Its funding initiatives are aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, the homeless and disadvantaged, K-12 education reform and youth development.

The foundation's early childhood education program aims to promote kindergarten readiness "through an improved early childhood system." Its three sub-initiatives are teacher and leadership quality, program quality and parental engagement. In New Mexico, Daniels has supported Santa Fe Community College's First Born Program, which makes home visits to first-time parents, providing support and education about child development.

The Daniels Fund supports organizations operating in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. National programs are occasionally funded. The foundation's average grant size is $60,000.

Application for funding in New Mexico and Utah is by invitation only. Organizations in Colorado and Wyoming should review the foundation's region-specific initiatives and submit funding inquiries via the Daniel's Fund website. 

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