Applications Sought for Disabilities, Early Childhood Education Grants

Private Funder: Daniels Fund; Opportunity: Daniels Fund Grant Program; Funding Focus: Alcoholism and substance abuse; amateur sports; disabilities; early childhood education; K-12 education reform; ethics and integrity in education; the homeless and disadvantaged; and youth development; Geographic Focus: Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah and national programs; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in the four states or with a national presence; Funding: Multiple awards (the fund distributed $62 million in grants last year); Deadline: None.

Summary: Education grants support early childhood education and pre-school efforts. For early childhood education centers, the Daniels Fund focuses its support on quality improvements and capital construction or facilities improvements. It does not make grants for general operating support or tuition assistance. The funds are allocated geographically according to the following percentages: Colorado, 65% (50% in metropolitan Denver, 15% in balance of state); New Mexico, 10%; Wyoming, 10%; national programs, 10%; and Utah, 5%.

Youth programs can benefit. The foundation gave $1.2 million to Stand for Children, Denver, for a public education/child welfare campaign; $340,000 to the Denver’s Young Americans Education Foundation for operating support; and $40,000 to the New Mexico Child Advocacy Network, Albuquerque, NM, for a child development project.

Info: Bill Fowler, senior vice president for grant programs, 303/393-7220; e-mail:;  for grant guidance, please visit (website).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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