Responsive grantmaking in our community

Pharos Fund is one of Bohemian Foundation's responsive grantmaking programs.

Pharos Fund takes its name from the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built on the island of Pharos near Egypt. We believe the name provides a beacon of inspiration that guides us in our grantmaking and reminds us to light the way toward creative, innovative ideas and solutions in our community.

Through Pharos Fund, the Foundation makes awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and government entities serving the Fort Collins area.

Since its inception in 2001, we have awarded more than $15 million in Pharos Fund grants. A committee of Bohemian Foundation board members, Bohemian staff, and community members selects grantees through a twice-yearly competitive application process.

Key changes to Pharos Fund

  • Pharos Fund is aligned with our new Community Program goals.
  • The Pharos Fund application has been revised.
    • Changes are designed to help nonprofits clearly articulate their outcomes; report the numbers served by the program and the organization; assess community impact; and show how their work advances the Foundation’s Community Programs goals.
    • The new application will provide more flexibility in how nonprofits submit budgets and financial information.
    • We now accept proposals from eligible government entities (as defined in section 170 (c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please see our full guidelines for more about eligibility requirements for government entities.
  • Pharos Fund applications will be submitted through a new online Bohemian Foundation Grantee Portal. The new grantee portal will allow grantees to access electronic copies of grant agreements, submit required reports, and view grant history, all online.

With these changes, the Community Programs team will be providing workshops and other opportunities for nonprofits to learn more about the goals, Pharos Fund, and the grantee portal.

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