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Pharos Fund

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

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Bohemian Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/10/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations 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 encourage local youth, foster economic stability, and create vibrant communities. Funded activities must serve residents within the Poudre School District boundary.

Pharos Fund is aligned with their Community Programs goals. (See Community Programs Goals in Supporting Documents below.) Pharos Fund is designed to help achieve these goals while being responsive to the needs and ideas of local nonprofits. Goals are as follows:

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

For additional information about goals, subgoals, and program/activity examples, 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:

Through Pharos Fund, the Foundation makes awards up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Through Pharos Fund, the Foundation makes awards to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and government units (as defined in section 170 (c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code) serving the Fort Collins area. Please note: 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 grantmaking area.

Please note: Not all governmental units are eligible to apply. For further details on government eligibility, see

Applicants must provide services within the Poudre School District boundary.

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.

Private foundations and fiscal sponsorship programs are ineligible to apply to Pharos Fund.

Not funded:

- For Youth and Economic Stability Goals related exclusions: Sliding-fee programs for child care providers
- For Youth Goal related exclusions: Requests that support participants over 18 years old (Bohemian Foundation identifies “youth” from birth through grade 12, or through age 18 if not enrolled in secondary education.)
- For Vibrant Community Goal related exclusions: General operating support for arts and culture organizations

For General Exclusions, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application period closes on Thursday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Grant applications are accepted two times per year, in the spring and fall.

Decisions typically are communicated to applicants within three months of the application deadline.

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.

Applicant governmental units are requested to contact the Community Programs team to evaluate eligibility before beginning an application.

Applicants whose Pharos Fund request timeline does not align with their organization’s fiscal year are requested to contact the Foundation before proceeding with their application, as additional documents may be required with the 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.)

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Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions, please call:
Kelly Robenhagen

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

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USA: Colorado: Poudre School District

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