Bohemian Foundation awards $500,500 to 33 area nonprofits

FORT COLLINS — The Bohemian Foundation has awarded $500,500 to 33 local nonprofit groups through its Pharos Fund, the foundation announced Thursday.

The grants are the second round of Pharos Fund grants in 2015, bringing the total to $1,008,980 for the year. Since its inception in 2001, Bohemian Foundation Community Programs has awarded more than $15 million in Pharos Fund grants to a variety of nonprofits serving the Fort Collins area.

Recipients include the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County, which was awarded $15,000 for its RAPP (Raising Awareness of Personal Power) program. Project Smile received $10,000 to support children’s oral-health screening and follow-up treatment, and CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Larimer County received $25,000 toward its mission of providing a voice in court for abused and neglected children and a safe place in the community for conflict-free family interactions.

“We were pleased to see how applicants responded to our expanded goals and new application,” said Sara Maranowicz, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs director, in a prepared statement. “Our selection committee looks to understand the impacts local organizations are making. We learn more about our community through each Pharos Fund application process, and we appreciate how the applicants are helping our community thrive. We are committed to supporting local nonprofits who demonstrate their progress on important community issues.”

Started in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker, the Pharos Fund has granted more than $15 million to area nonprofit agencies. The fund makes awards up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units. A committee comprised of Bohemian board members, staff and community members selects grantees through a competitive application process.

The Pharos Fund takes its name from the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria, built on the Mediterranean island of Pharos off the coast of Egypt.

Also receiving grants in the current round were Book Trust, $30,000; Cache la Poudre Middle School, $15,000; Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation, $20,000; Children’s Speech and Reading Center, $7,500; Colorado Health Network Inc., $5,000 for the Northern Colorado AIDS Project; Crossroads Safehouse Inc., $30,000; CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, $10,000; Poudre School District’s Department of Student Services, $3,000 for Peace Jam in PSD high schools; Faith Family Hospitality of Fort Collins Inc., $10,000; Food Bank for Larimer County, $30,000; Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, $25,000; Friends of Happy Heart Farm, $3,000; Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek, $5,000; HalfMoon Arts for a youth arts apprenticeship program, $7,000; Healing Warriors Program, $5,000; Homeless Gear, $10,000 for the One Village One Family program; Homeless Prevention Initiative, $15,000 for emergency rental assistance; Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, $10,000 for a program in the Poudre School District; Lincoln IB World Middle School, $15,000; CSU’s Little Shop of Physics, $15,000; Live the Victory Inc. at the Matthews House, $25,000; Lubick Foundation, $5,000; Neighbor to Neighbor Inc., $30,000; Partners Mentoring Youth of Larimer County, $30,000; Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins, $20,000; Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center, $15,000; Summitstone Health Partners, $10,000; The Family Center/La Familia, $30,000 for an after-school program; The Growing Project, $5,000; and The Kitchen Community, $10,000 for an educational program.

Bohemian will begin accepting applications for the next Pharos Fund round starting Jan. 5. More information is online at