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Pharos Fund

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Programs that Benefit Local Communities

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Bohemian Foundation

Conf. Date:

01/13/20

Deadline Date:

01/23/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Colorado nonprofits, religious organizations, and government units in eligible regions for programs that benefit residents and build local communities. Funding is intended to encourage and enable youth to thrive, empower people on the path to economic stability, and strengthen communities within the Poudre School District boundary, in Larimer and Fort Collin counties. Funds may be used for program support, general operating support, or project support.

Strong proposals will address the following priorities:

  • Community Programs goal fit
  • Impact
  • Stakeholder support
  • Alignment with Bohemian Foundation’s principles

For additional information about Community Program goals, see: https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/images/pdf/pharos-fund-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=3

In addition to the principles that guide the Foundation, Pharos Fund values programs that:

  • Are responsive to the backgrounds, interests, and needs of participants
  • Reach or serve a broad range of participants
  • Set high expectations for participants and provide effective support for success
  • Are either innovative ideas that need testing or are programs that have a long history with a proven track record (both new and existing programs are equally valued)
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities
  • Have an understanding of the cost to deliver programming, and also ensure costs are aligned with program’s reach and impact
  • Supplement (instead of replace or duplicate) public funding

For information about request categories and eligible expenses, see: https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/images/pdf/pharos-fund-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150722

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

Requests can be for a maximum of 12 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations and government units serving the Fort Collins area are eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or governmental unit (as defined in section 170 (c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.). Some exclusions apply.
- Applicants must provide services within Poudre School District boundary.
- Organizations may only submit one application per grant round. (For governmental units, Poudre School District and Colorado State University applicants, one applicant per school or department is allowable.)
- Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply to Pharos Fund. However, applications may not include activities that support or promote a specific religious purpose. Programming provided by faith-based applicants must be open to the wider community without regard to the participant’s religious beliefs. Programming must not include proselytizing or mandatory attendance at any religious service.

Not all governmental units are eligible to apply. To be eligible, a governmental unit must be described in section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, which includes “A State, a possession of the United States, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing…”Federal tax laws not state law determines whether an entity is a political subdivision. Federal tax laws require an entity to have one or more of three sovereign powers to qualify as a political subdivision: 1) the power of taxation; 2) the power of condemnation/eminent domain; or 3) the police power. Applicants should check with their legal counsel to determine whether they have these powers. Also, the governmental unit’s project or program to be funded by the grant must serve charitable purposes.

For information about program participant eligibility, see:
https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/community-programs/pharos-fund/faq

For information about requests not eligible for funding, see:
https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/images/pdf/pharos-fund-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=8

Pre-proposal Conference:

In addition to application assistance materials, Bohemian will host two workshops to help applicants think through key application components in small groups. The workshops are interactive and pre-work is required. Space is limited. Please send only one participant per organization and only register if you will apply during the current grant cycle.

Workshop 1:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020
Location: Bohemian Foundation, 262 E. Mountain Ave.

Workshop 2:
Date: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bohemian Foundation, 262 E. Mountain Ave.
Capacity: 20
Register here: https://bohemianfoundation.formstack.com/forms/pharos_fund_workshop_january13

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted two times per year - spring and fall. The next application deadline is Thursday, January 23, at 11:59 PM.

All new grantee portal users must go through a process of registering to access the system. Please note this can take up to 48 business hours, so please consider this as you prepare to submit the application.

How to apply: https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/community-programs/pharos-fund/how-to-apply

Additional Guidelines:
https://www.bohemianfoundation.org/community-programs/pharos-fund/guidelines

FAQs:
http://bohemianfoundation.org/community-programs/pharos-fund/faq

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://bohemianfoundation.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

Direct questions to:
Kelly Robenhagen
kelly@bohemianfoundation.org
970-221-2636

Bohemian Foundation
262 E. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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