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Pharos Fund

Grants to Larimer County, Colorado Nonprofits
and Agencies for Youth and Community Development

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Bohemian Foundation

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Larimer County, Colorado nonprofits and governmental units for youth, community, and economic development programs and activities. Funding is intended to help individuals and families become self-sufficient and inspire them to take active and meaningful roles in their communities.

Program Goals:

- Help youth develop positive relationships, strengthen their sense of belonging, and build positive self-esteem.
- Help youth experience educational success, participate in inspiring learning environments, and prepare for the future.
- Help youth foster healthy coping mechanisms so they can effectively navigate through the challenges they encounter.
- Help youth understand and participate in their community by recognizing and contributing their strengths.

Examples of grants in this category include, but are not limited to: programs for youth at risk, mentoring/support systems, early care and education experiences, basic needs, 3rd grade literacy proficiency, youth workforce development, help through grade/school transitions, opportunities for high-achieving youth from disadvantaged families, after-school academic and enrichment activities, youth philanthropy and leadership experiences, prevention through awareness and education about teen pregnancy, suicide, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, and abuse.

Economic Stability:
- Help individuals and families develop positive relationships, strengthen their sense of belonging, and build positive self-esteem
- Help individuals and families experience educational and professional success.
- Individuals and families build skills and support networks so they can effectively navigate through the issues they encounter on their path to economic stability.
- Individuals and families understand their strengths and have pathways to contribute their insight and experience to inform potential solutions and further strengthen the community.

Examples of grants in this category include, but are not limited to: fostering connections and support networks among diverse community members and community groups, basic needs (housing, transportation, food), parental and family support, workforce development, financial education and asset development, peer learning opportunities, helping individuals and families live self-sufficiently.

Vibrant Community:
- Cultivate strong connections and build a sense of belonging across the community.
- Offer opportunities to learn and encourage broad participation across the community.
- Provide pathways for skillfully and collaboratively navigating through current and future challenges.
- Support and inspire individuals, businesses and other organizations to contribute their time, talent, and treasure.

Examples of grants in this category include, but are not limited to: Creating areas with a strong sense of identity and character to facilitate meaningful social connections, access to arts and culture, community learning events, hosting national and international experts and apply learning locally, forums for community dialogue on local issues, using research and data to navigate through challenges and plan for the future of the community, and volunteer experiences.

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 following subcategories:
a. Equipment/capital projects
b. Technical assistance/capacity building
c. Other (explanation will be required in the application)

Successful applications have a strong fit with one of the Community Programs goals and subgoals, clearly articulate the need or opportunity the organization or program seeks to address in the local community, and can identify the impact their organization or program is having on that need through specific outcome data.

The 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 replacing or duplicating) public funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150722

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Pharos Fund does not currently provide support for multi-year requests. Requests can be for a maximum of 12 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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. Please see the full guidelines for eligibility requirements for government units.
- 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.

Goal specific requests not eligible for funding:

- Individual mental health therapy (e.g. 1:1 counseling)
- Respite or disability services
- Sliding-fee programs for child care providers
- In the Youth grant category, 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)
- Music-related requests
- Replacing or duplicating funding that is provided as an ongoing service of local, state, or federal government
- General operating support for arts and culture organizations

The Pharos Fund Grant Program will not fund:

- Multi-year requests (Requests can be for a maximum of 12 months in duration.)
- Multi-support requests (Applicants must choose from one of the three requests categories listed above. Applications may not be a combination of any of the request categories.)
- Fundraising events (See Community Event Fund or Music Event Fund.)
- Single-day or multi-day events (See Community Event Fund or Music Event Fund.)
- Music-related requests (See Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs for music-related support.)
- Private schools
- Capital campaigns
- Debt reduction
- Endowment funding
- Political campaigns or legislative issues
- Funding for individuals or teams (i.e. athletic tournaments, academic competitions, band trips, etc.)
- Activities that support a specific religious purpose
- Non-501(c)(3) organizations (except eligible governmental units serving a charitable purpose), private foundations or programs and projects under fiscal sponsorship
- Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations
- Programs and projects of a governmental unit that do not further a charitable purpose
- Awards to individuals
- Discriminatory programs

Please note that governmental units and Poudre School District are not eligible for general operating support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In addition to application assistance materials, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs staff is offering the following opportunities to learn more about the Pharos Fund and the proposal development process. All events will be held at the Bohemian Foundation, 240 E. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins.

Pharos Fund 101 Presentation
This presentation is for organizations new to the Pharos Fund and interested in learning more about it at a high level. Community Programs staff will provide a general orientation to the Pharos Fund, including eligibility, goal fit, and what reviewers look for in a strong application. The Fund will also provide a brief overview of the application structure. There will be multiple opportunities to ask staff questions during the presentation and staff will be available afterwards for one-on-one questions.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Capacity: 25

Pharos Fund Application Workshops
Community Programs staff will offer two opportunities for participants to workshop application ideas in small groups. This workshop will be hands-on and participatory. Pre-workshop homework will be emailed to you at least one week in advance for you to complete. For the workshop to be most beneficial to you, it is critical that you come prepared with the homework and ready to discuss your Pharos Fund request. You do not need to complete the application prior to the workshop, but familiarity with the application and its questions is useful during workshop discussions.

Due to limited capacity, it is requested that only one individual per organization register. Both workshops are the same, so please only register for one.

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Capacity: 24

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Capacity: 24

Register using the links in Contact Information below.

For updated schedule and information, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The Spring 2018 application will open on January 9, 2018 and close on February 8, 2018.

The Pharos Fund looks for diverse funding sources, along with local support and buy-in. Where relevant, financial sustainability beyond Bohemian Foundation’s support is taken into account.

Additional Guidelines:


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online for a grant between January 9 - February 8, 2018:

Online registration for presentation/workshops:
- January 17, 2018 presentation:
- January 22, 2018 workshop:
- January 23, 2018 workshop:

If you have further questions, please contact Logan Boon at 970-221-2636 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Larimer County, within the Poudre School District boundary