Community Event Fund Guidelines


Fund Overview

The Community Event Fund provides support for both community and fundraising events to nonprofit organizations providing services within the Poudre School District boundary area. Sponsorship consideration is given to single and multi-day events that create a meaningful interaction between the public and the nonprofit community.

Community Event Fund and the Community Program Goals and Subgoals

Alignment with one of the Community Program goals and subgoals is a requirement for funding. Applicants must demonstrate how their organization and/or event helps to advance one of our Community Program goals and subgoals. Ideally we look for applicants with organizational missions and event fund requests that align with a Community Program goal and subgoal. At a minimum, event fund requests must align with a Community Program goal and subgoal.

Community Programs acts on our commitment to the care and enrichment of our community through three main goals:

  • Encourage and enable youth to thrive.
  • Empower individuals and families on the path towards economic stability.
  • Strengthen our vibrant community.

What We Look For

In addition to alignment with overall Community Program goals, strong Community Event Fund applications will address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Involve community members in nonprofit programs and services.
  • Encourage philanthropy and volunteerism in Fort Collins.
  • Showcase an organization’s successes and contributions within the community.
  • Increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the nonprofit community.
  • Applicant Eligibility

    Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization. Private foundations and fiscal sponsorship programs are ineligible to apply to Community Event Fund.

    Applicants must provide services within Poudre School District boundary. Agencies don’t need to be headquartered in Fort Collins to receive funding. However, applicants must serve clients within the Poudre School District boundary or have a direct impact on individuals in our grantmaking area.

    Funding Amounts

    Community Event Fund requests may not exceed $5,000.

    Requests Not Eligible for Funding

    • Individuals
    • Tournaments
    • Team sports
    • School trips
    • Emergency funding
    • Professional development conferences
    • Non 501(c)(3) public charity organizations
    • Run/Walk/Golf events, etc.
    • Music-related events (see Music Event Fund)

    Application Process and Timeline

    Community Event Fund applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however they must be received at least 90 days prior to the event date to be considered for review. We will respond to applicants within 30 days of receiving of a completed Community Event Fund Application.

    All Community Event Fund applications must be submitted via the Bohemian Foundation Grantee Portal.

    Apply Now

    In addition to your online application, you will be asked to submit an outline of sponsorship benefits at all sponsorship levels offered before your application will be considered complete (i.e. “$1,500 Silver Level – banner displayed, mention in newsletter, etc.”).

    Publicity Standards

    We encourage Community Event Fund award recipients to publicize their events and the Community Event Fund’s sponsorship. If you are an award recipient, we request that you contact us to confirm our approval before printing or distributing materials that reference the Foundation’s support of your event. Materials may include news releases, advertisements, signage, and promotional items. Please email the Bohemian Foundation communications team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your promotional plans and to request the Foundation’s new logo, which was updated in June 2015. Please allow 10 days for Foundation staff to review and approve publicity and logo requests.