Daniel Foundation of Alabama Grants

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits for Arts,
Culture, Community, and Health

GrantWatch ID#: 177222
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Daniel Foundation of Alabama


07/28/17 5:00 PM CST - For requests in the areas of Arts, Culture & Community Assets; and Health

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Grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations for a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in Birmingham and statewide. LOIs are due June 1. For the upcoming cycle, requests will be considered in the areas of arts, culture, community assets, and health. Additional program areas considered in other cycles include community needs, education, and youth.

Priority Areas:

1) Arts, Culture, and Community Assets

The Daniel Foundation recognizes that a thriving arts community contributes immeasurably to the quality of life in Birmingham and Alabama. Furthermore, the availability of arts and cultural offerings weave together the state’s diverse population in important ways. The Foundation also believes that preservation of the state’s unique historical, natural and cultural resources in Alabama is an important piece of this cultural backdrop.

The Foundation understands that arts providers need both physical spaces and ongoing operational support to provide the stability and sustenance that they are uniquely positioned to provide. Regarding operating support, the Foundation specifically seeks to assist arts organizations in achieving financial sustainability – preference for operating grants is therefore given to organizations that show strategies focused on this goal.

-Operational support for arts organizations, particularly those with organizational sustainability strategies.
-Capital needs for arts organization, with preference given to organizations that the Foundation has supported in the past
-Community heritage, culture and historic preservation
-Projects that preserve greenspace and increase access to nature

2) Community Needs

The Foundation supports programs that provide for basic human needs and promote the development of life skills in an effort to improve the quality of life for Alabama’s individuals and families. Another path towards improving the quality of life in Alabama communities is the stimulation of business growth and entrepreneurship. All of the work the Foundation’s support hinges on the availability and development of leaders who have the vision and capacity to address these challenges.

Alabama has an estimated 400,000 total veterans, representing 8 percent of the state’s population. The Foundation believes that, given the sacrifices made by military personnel, they deserve access to services and opportunities that enable them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

-Programs that offer an effective approach to job training, readiness and placement
-Programs that encourage and support the growth of entrepreneurship in Alabama
-Community revitalization initiatives
-Projects that meet the needs of Alabama’s veterans
-Leadership programs that demonstrate success in training leaders for the nonprofit, government and business sectors

3) Education and Youth

The Daniel Foundation believes that a quality education provides the basis for individual opportunity and economic vitality. The Foundation is committed to supporting and improving education and development for youth in grades preK-12, especially children in underserved areas or facing economic disadvantages. In addition, the Foundation is interested in supporting:

-The availability of and access to high-quality public libraries
-Quality and readily available pre-school opportunities
-Advocacy that promotes bold approaches to Alabama’s public school challenges
-Youth development, including mentoring programs
-Readiness for both higher education and employment opportunities
-Summer learning, with a particular focus on SAIL

Higher Education: The Foundation believes that the colleges and universities in Alabama are key economic drivers for the communities in which they exist. They offer important resources in achieving philanthropic goals, and the Foundation supports them in this partnership role. Grants to universities will be primarily focused on these partnerships and primarily initiated by the Foundation.

4) Health

In a state ranked 49th in obesity and 48th in overall healthiness, preventive health measures are an important part of health promotion efforts. These efforts have been recognized as a cost-effective way to identify and treat preventable health problems like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease before they develop or worsen. Innovative medical research grants are periodically considered, primarily initiated by the Foundation.

-Efforts to promote healthy eating, active communities and preventive health measures
-Programs that provide mental health and counseling services, especially to the underserved

Multi-year grants are considered, with preference given to organizations with which the Foundation has a long history.

Organizations receiving a multi-year grant, may not reapply until the multi-year period has expired, even if the funding has been accelerated.

After three consecutive years of funding organizations must sit out one year before re-applying

Applications must include a copy of your IRS Determination Letter (501(c)3 status) if not previously provided.

Please note, currently, grants will only be considered for organizations that have been board funded by the Foundation in the past.

Priority is given to organizations that have at least one full-time employee and a broad base of supporters, including board members, and have been in operation providing programs and services for a minimum of two years. Grants to start-up operations are considered by invitation only.

Not Funded:
-Sponsorships for fundraising events
-Organizations outside of Alabama

Complete the Letter of Intent by 5:00 PM CST on the deadline day.
The Daniel Foundation of Alabama board and staff will review letters and communicate with organizations regarding our decision to decline a request or move forward in the process.

For 2017 there will be three grant cycles, focused as follows:
-First cycle for grants related to Education & Youth
-Second cycle for grants related to Arts, Culture & Community Assets, as well as Health
-Third cycle for grants related to Community Needs


Arts, Culture, Community Assets, and Health:
-Letter of Intent Due: February 1, 2017
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: March 3, 2017
-Proposals Due: March 31, 2017
-Grant Decisions Made: May 2017

Community Needs:
-Letter of Intent Due: June 1, 2017
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: June 30, 2017
-Proposals Due: July 28, 2017
-Grant Decisions Made: September 2017

Education and Youth:
-Letter of Intent Due: October 2, 2017
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: October 31, 2017
-Proposals Due: November 22, 2017
-Grant Decisions Made: January 2018


How to Apply:

Letter of Intent Instructions:

More information about grantmaking program areas may be found at the following links:

Arts, Culture, and Community Assets:

Community Needs:

Education and Youth:


Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Joyce Brasher, Grants Manager
(205) 874-3523

Daniel Foundation of Alabama
510 Office Park Dr. Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35223

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