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Pharos Fund

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits for Programs and
Operational Support Benefiting Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Bohemian Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations and agencies for programs that strengthen and enhance local communities in eligible locations. Some applicants are required to contact Foundation staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support operational expenses as well as programs and projects that support local youth, foster economic stability, and create vibrant communities. Funded activities must serve residents within the Poudre School District boundary.

Pharos is an important tool in advancing the Community Program goals. Alignment with one or more of the Community Program goals is a requirement. Goals: 

  • Youth: Encourage and enable youth to thrive.
  • Economic Stability: Empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability.
  • Vibrant Community: Strengthen the area's vibrant community

For more information on Community Program goals, see

Applicants may request support for one of the three following categories:

  1. Program support
    • Programs are typically operational each year; they are not one-time efforts.
    • Programs do not need to be 12-months in duration. However, consistent delivery and integration into organizational planning is required for a request to be considered a program support request.
    • Pilot programs are eligible under this category, even if they may just happen once in their testing phase.
  2. General operating support (organizational support)
  3. Project support for requests that are one-time in nature within one of the two following sub-categories:
    • Equipment/capital projects
    • Technical assistance/capacity building
    • Other (explanation will be required in the application)

For funding priorities and criteria, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150722

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests can be up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Timelines cannot exceed 12 months and ideally align with your organization’s fiscal year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization. Private foundations and fiscal sponsorship programs are ineligible to apply to Pharos Fund. To be eligible, a governmental unit must be described in section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information on eligibility of governmental units, see

Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply to Pharos Fund. However, applications may not include activities that support or promote a specific religious purpose.

Applicants must provide services within Poudre School District boundary. Agencies don’t need to be headquartered in Fort Collins to receive funding. However, applicants must serve clients within the Poudre School District boundary or have a direct impact on individuals in the Foundation's grantmaking area.

For requests not eligible for funding, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application period closes on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

For governmental unit applicants: Please contact the Community Programs team to evaluate eligibility before beginning a Pharos Fund application.

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.)

Organizations that have received Pharos funding consecutively over a five year period may be asked to refrain from submitting additional applications for up to 12 months. Foundation staff will contact grantee organizations if this stipulation applies to an organization.

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

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For questions or to talk with a staff member about eligibility, please contact the Foundation at 970-221-2636 or email Sara Maranowicz,

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

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