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Daniel Foundation of Alabama Grants

Grants to Alabama Organizations for Education, Youth,
Arts, Culture, Health, and Community Needs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Daniel Foundation of Alabama

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Deadline Date:

07/27/18 - Arts, Culture, Community Assets and Health


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Grants to Alabama organizations to strengthen communities and promote the quality of life throughout the state. LOIs are due February 2. Program areas include education and youth, community needs, arts and culture, community assets, and health. Currently, the Foundation holds three intake periods during the years, focused as follows:

-Education and Youth
-Arts, Culture and Community Assets, and Health
-Community Needs

Priority Areas:

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 understand 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

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. This quality of life can also be improved with the stimulation of business growth and entrepreneurship within communities. Such work 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 as well as life skills training
-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 developing leaders for the nonprofit, government and business sectors

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 pre-K-12, especially children in underserved areas or facing economic disadvantages.

-The availability of and access to high quality public libraries
-Quality and readily available pre-school opportunities
-Advocacy and programming that promotes bold approaches to Alabama’s public school challenges, and programs working to provide better educational opportunities for K-12 students.
-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 to 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.


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 and active communities
-Preventive health measures
-Programs that provide mental health and counseling services, especially to the underserved

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177222

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 three years. Grants to start-up operations are considered by invitation only.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that the Letter of Intent is the required first step for the grant making process. Early submission as encouraged. LOIs may be submitted anytime after the previous cycle’s LOI deadline. Your LOI must be in by 5:00 PM CST on the deadline date.

Education and Youth:
-Letter of Intent Due: October 3, 2017
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: October 31, 2017
-Proposal Due: November 22, 2017
-Grant Decisions Made: January 2018

Arts, Culture, Community Assets and Health:
-Letter of Intent Due: February 2, 2018
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: March 2, 2018
-Proposal Due: March 30, 2018
-Grant Decisions Made: May 2018

Community Needs:
-Letter of Intent Due: June 1, 2018
-Declination Letters and Invitations Sent: June 29, 2018
-Proposal Due: July 27, 2018
-Grant Decisions Made: September 2018

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How to Apply:


More information about the Foundation may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
510 Office Park Drive, Ste. 210
Birmingham, Alabama 35223

P: 205-874-3523
F: 205-874-3526

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama