Daniels Fund: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Daniels Fund’s mental health related funding prioritizes alcoholism, substance abuse, and helping those struggling with addiction.

IP TAKE: Daniels Fund tends to favor community based groups in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming over larger nationwide organizations. The fund likes to support organizations that can demonstrate measurable outcomes.

PROFILE: The Daniels Fund, created by the estate of Bill Daniels, the fund’s namesake and benefactor, seeks to support “highly effective nonprofit organizations that achieve significant results within our four-state region, as well as select programs with national impact.” Daniels suffered from alcoholism throughout his life, but was able to embrace sobriety after he sought out help and treatment. He was open about his addiction and recovery, and personally helped many people get into treatment. The Daniels Fund's Alcoholism and Substance Abuse grant program supports treatment and recovery programs as well as alcoholism, substance abuse, and addiction prevention efforts, with an emphasis on young people.

Grantmaking is restricted to organizations operating in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The fund does on occasion support nationwide programs; however, those grants are made by invitation only.

In general, Daniels Fund Alcoholism and Substance Abuse program grants range from between $50,000 and $250,000. The fund accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year. For all grant related questions, contact the foundation.

While it does support some of the better known organizations in the industry, such as the Betty Ford Center and the Drug Free America Foundation, this is very much a community based funder.


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