What is the Community Event Fund?
The Event Fund provides support for both community and fundraising events to nonprofit organizations providing services within the Poudre School District boundary area. Sponsorship considerations are given to single and multi-day events that create a meaningful interaction between the public and the 501(c)3 nonprofit community. We are looking for events that support one or more of the following: 1) involving community members in nonprofit programs and services; 2) encouraging philanthropy and volunteerism in Fort Collins; 3) showcasing an organization’s successes and contributions within the community; and 4) increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of the nonprofit community. Event Fund requests are accepted on an ongoing basis, but not less than 90 days prior to the event date.
Can I apply to both the Pharos Fund and the Community Event Fund for the same request?
No. The Community Event Fund is intended to fund only single or multi-day events while the Pharos Fund funds longer-term and on-going projects. Thus, if your program is on-going it would not be an appropriate submission under the Event Fund - if it falls under one of the two Pharos goal areas, we would welcome a Pharos application. For further information visit the Pharos Fund.
What is the average Community Event Fund award amount?
Awards range from $500 to $5,000. Please keep in mind that the Bohemian Foundation rarely considers sponsorship levels beyond this and prefers to contribute at a level similar to other community supporters.
Do you provide event sponsorship for non-501(c)3 organizations?
No. The Community Event Fund applicants are required to be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
Do I need to supply a new Community Event Fund application each year for my event?
Yes. The information is required each year as the process is competitive. Funding in one year does not guarantee funding in subsequent years.
Is there a limit to the number of years an organization can apply for event sponsorship?
No. However, prior awards do not guarantee future funding.
Do I need to submit the most current Community Event Fund application form?
Yes. All Community Event Fund submissions require the most current Community Event Fund application. General solicitations will be returned to the sender with a request to complete an Event Fund application.
Will the Bohemian Foundation consider an in-kind donation for a silent auction?
My organization does not fit the Pharos Fund goals. Are we still eligible to apply to the Community Event Fund?
Yes. Applicants need only be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing services in the Poudre School District boundary area and support one or more of the following: 1) involving community members in nonprofit programs and services; 2) encouraging philanthropy and volunteerism in Fort Collins; 3) showcasing an organization’s successes and contributions within the community; and 4) increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of the nonprofit community. in order to be eligible Event Fund applicants.
My organization is a current Pharos Fund award recipient, are we eligible to apply to the Community Event Fund?
Yes. Prior Pharos Fund awards do not preclude an organization from applying to the Community Event Fund.
May an organization submit an application to both the Pharos Fund and the Community Event Fund (In accordance with respective guidelines)?
Yes. However, be sure they are different requests. The Pharos Fund and the Community Event Fund were designed to meet different organizational objectives.
Is there a deadline date for Community Event Fund consideration?
No. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis but not less than 90 days prior to the event date.
How soon will I receive notification of whether or not my organization will receive funding?
Award notification will occur within 30 days of receipt of a completed Event Fund Application and Outline of Sponsorship Benefits. Allow enough time to accommodate any publicity deadlines (i.e. brochures, flyers, etc.).
My organization/group is planning a service learning field trip - are trips eligible for Event Fund consideration?
May we include the Bohemian Foundation logo in publicity efforts associated with your sponsorship?