Bohemian awards $500,000 to local nonprofits

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Irish Elementary School is among the recipients of Fall 2012 Pharos Fund grants from the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation. A total of $509,800 is being awarded to 29 organizations providing community support in the areas of literacy and education, mentoring at-risk youth, suicide and sexual assault prevention, homelessness, post-fire environmental monitoring, and the arts.

Individual grants in this funding cycle range from $4,800 to $30,000. Irish will use its $18,000 for the Literacy Home Visit Project, which involves the whole family in learning to read.

Other youth- and family-oriented recipients include Larimer County Child Advocacy Center for the School-Based Prevention program, Touchstone Health Partners for the Grandfamilies Support Services program, and Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, which each received $10,000; Project Self-Sufficiency for the Cars for Families program, $25,000; and SAVA Center for the Youth Empowerment Series, $20,000.

Grants were also made in response to this summer’s wildfires and ongoing drought conditions, including $7,000 to the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department for post-fire monitoring, and $10,000 to the Colorado Water Institute for The Poudre Runs Through It program.
Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation established in 2001 by Pat Stryker. Since its inception, Bohemian Foundation has awarded approximately $12 million in Pharos Fund grants to nonprofits serving the Fort Collins area.

Bohemian Foundation will begin accepting online applications for the next Pharos Fund round starting in January.
To apply or to see a complete list of grant recipients, go to