DENVER – In 2017, the Daniels Fund provided $55.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This includes $6.0 million in grants and scholarships in Wyoming.
Wyoming communities are benefiting from $4.2 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state. Wyoming nonprofit organizations that were awarded grants in 2017 include the 12-24 Club Recovery Program, Alliance for Choice in Education, America Succeeds Wyoming Excels project, American Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region, Bill of Rights Institute, Boy Scouts of America – Greater Wyoming Council, Boy Scouts of America – Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America – Trapper Trails Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, Carbon County Youth Crisis Center, Casper Downtown Development Authority sports project, Central Wyoming Rescue Mission, Central Wyoming Senior Services, Child Development Center of Natrona County, the City of Sundance youth sports project, CLIMB Wyoming, Dubois Volunteers sports project, Food Bank of the Rockies, Friends of Laramie Montessori, High Country Senior Citizens, Mountain Regional Services, Senior Citizens Council, Special Olympics Wyoming, Thayne Senior Center, Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Education and Prevention Initiative, Wyoming Dementia Care, Yellowstone Recreations Foundation community youth sports upgrade project, and YWCA of Sweetwater County.
The Daniels Fund makes grants in eight funding areas specified by its founder, Bill Daniels: Aging, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development.
In 2017, the Daniels Fund provided $1.8 million in scholarships to students in Wyoming through two distinct programs — the Daniels Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides funding to participating colleges and high-demand job training programs to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
The Daniels Fund also provided grant funding to the University of Wyoming for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.
"Bill Daniels started his cable television business in Wyoming," said Linda Childears, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. "He remained grateful for the support of communities that contributed to his success and established the Daniels Fund to give back. I am sure he would be delighted to see the impact these grants and scholarships will have for citizens of this state that meant so much to him."