Daniels Fund: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Daniels Fund supports K-12 education through its education reform, youth development and amateur sports initiatives. This funder operates exclusively in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

IP TAKE: Operating exclusively in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, the Daniels Fund supports K-12 education through its education reform, youth development and amateur sports initiatives. This funder’s past grantees include charter schools, local youth development and sports outreach programs.

PROFILE: Established with the estate of the late cable television entrepreneur Bill Daniels in 2000, the Daniels Fund runs grantmaking, scholarship and ethics education programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Headquartered in Denver, the fund aims to reflect the values of its founder—"compassion for others, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to excellence.” Its funding areas are aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, the homeless and disadvantaged, K-12 education, and youth development

The Daniels Fund’s K-12 education funding stems from its K-12 education, youth development and amateur sports initiatives. The K-12 education program prioritizes charter schools, teacher education and parent engagement. Past projects include programs that provide teacher incentives for improved student performance and capital grants of technology for charter schools. The fund’s youth development program supports career and technical education, civics and financial literacy programs though local organizations that provide relevant experiences for middle and/or high school students. One past youth development grantee is YouthBiz Inc., which teaches academic, business and leadership skills to at-risk urban teens through its intensive afterschool and summer programs. The fund’s amateur sports program aims to increase the accessibility of local sports programs and to provide monetary support for elite athletes attending athletic events at regional and national levels.

The Daniels Fund takes a “state-specific” approach to its grantmaking, setting specific objectives, requirements and grant ranges for each of the four states in which it operates, and providing links to information about available funds in each state. It’s median grant size is $60,000.

While it does not accept unsolicited applications, the Daniel’s Fund regularly sends members of its grants team to meet and observe communities and nonprofits in areas of interest. The fund also welcomes inquiries from eligible organizations.

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