Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker, Bohemian Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the bohemian movement of 19th century Europe.
Our four program areas are Community, Music, Global, and Civic. In each of these areas, we work to impact communities through our grantmaking, Foundation-directed programs, and events. Pat Stryker, Joe Zimlich, and Cheryl Zimlich serve as our board of directors.
It unites our work through these three shared goals and through a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Through Bohemian Fund grants, we support applicants who are also working to make a meaningful impact in these areas. This Fund sharpens the Foundation’s focus on these areas and brings our love of popular music to the surface. Music builds community. It unites us, inspires us and changes us. We believe that many approaches, including popular music and popular culture, can all play important roles as we journey together on a path toward equity.
Bohemian Fund evolved from Bohemian Foundation’s focus on recognizing inequities. Grants made through Bohemian Fund celebrate our rich differences, as well as acknowledge longstanding disparities. Bohemian Foundation is committed to investing in change and investing in organizations that make change. The fund supports organizations that value diversity and inclusion, foster belonging and strive to advance equity. Our community is well positioned to address challenges and to advance real change. We believe that by working together over time, we will move toward equity and a community where everyone belongs.
Bohemian Fund replaces Pharos Fund, which focused on supporting nonprofits to build a stronger local community, and Muse, a grant program which focused on building community through music.
Through Bohemian Fund, Bohemian Foundation awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and government units working within the Poudre School District boundary. Applicants may request grants for Program, Project, or General Support.
The fall 2021 application opens on Aug. 4 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 9. A committee of community members, Bohemian Foundation board members, and Bohemian Foundation staff selects grantees through a twice-yearly competitive application process, once in the fall and once in the spring.
We recognize that our community is faced with challenges and needs we never imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation’s top priority is identifying gaps and providing assistance in areas such as food, housing and health. In the longer-term, the Foundation is looking at best ways to contribute to systems approaches that assist in these safety net areas.
NoCo Music Relief Fund provides assistance for individuals in the Northern Colorado Music Community who are severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Larimer County Small Business Loan Fund is to provide capital to small businesses or nonprofit social enterprises or co-ops with earned revenue streams, with generally less than 20 employees that cannot obtain financing through traditional sources, but who are capable of sustaining a business and repaying debt, and who are disadvantaged for a variety of reasons. The fund is maintained and deployed by Colorado Enterprise Fund.
As this crisis continues to evolve, we are working to ensure strong communications across sectors, and we are advocating for the nonprofit sector and the most vulnerable in our community.
We will continue to listen, learn and adapt. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to share your perspectives, insight and expertise. Together, we’ll navigate how to best leverage our individual and collective capacities.
Community Programs’ activities include responsive grantmaking through Community Event Fund and the Bohemian Fund. Our responsive grantmaking programs offer nonprofits opportunities to submit funding requests through an application process.
We also fund special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events that target specific Community Programs goals. We look for opportunities to meet a community need, address an important gap, or leverage resources. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with our goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Community Programs.
Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs builds connections by providing music-related resources for enjoyment, personal expression, and the development and improvement of music-related talent.
Music Programs also funds special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with Music Programs goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Music Programs.
Global Programs funds organizations and entrepreneurs around the world that are dedicated to making a significant impact and are on the path to a sustainable and scalable business model.
In addition to funding organizations that work on the ground to directly address these focus areas, we also work with organizations that help to educate, mentor, and fund the next generation of entrepreneurs interested in making a positive difference globally.
Bohemian Foundation collaborates with like-minded foundations and philanthropists to identify and support grantees that have the potential to achieve significant impact. This network includes Big Bang Philanthropy and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
Bohemian Foundation's Global Programs does not accept unsolicited proposals.
In the words of Aristotle, “If liberty and equality……are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.”
Bohemian Foundation's Civic Programs does not accept unsolicited proposals.
The Foundation is home to a collegial team of professionals who are passionate about making a difference. Bohemian Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.