Pharos Fund FAQs
Save your application regularly. This will update pre-populated fields later in the application and protect all the information previously entered.
- To save the application in order to return to it later, simply click “Save.”
- When ready to re-open the application, you will find it under “pending requests.” Click on your application, and then click “edit” in the top right corner.
- Once your application is completed and saved, click “submit” at the top of the application. Once your application is submitted, you will no longer be able to edit.
Update your organization and contact information.
- From the main page of the grantee portal, click the link on the left side of the page called “Organizations,” then click edit.
- To edit contact information, click the link titled “people,” then click “edit.”
What do reviewers look for in a strong application?
- Successful applications have a strong fit with one of the Community Programs goals and subgoals, clearly articulate the need or opportunity the organization or program seeks to address in the local community, and can identify the impact their organization or program is having on that need through specific outcome data.
- Please read the sections on goal fit and impact below for more information.
Please review the Pharos Fund Guidelines for detailed information about Community Programs goals, Pharos Fund eligibility, and what we look for in a strong Pharos Fund proposal.
Can faith-based organizations apply?
Type of support
Is there a funding preference towards general support vs. program/project requests?
What do you mean by request timeline?
- The timeline for the work described in your application, also known as your grant term.
- Timelines cannot exceed 12 months and ideally align with your organization’s fiscal year.
What should I do if my Pharos request timeline doesn’t align with my organization’s fiscal year?
- Please contact us before proceeding with your application, as additional documents may be required with your application.
What do you mean by prior year?
- Your prior year is the most recent fully completed 12-months of providing services.
- For example, if your request timeline is 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018 your most recently fully completed prior year is 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
What do you mean by gap year and why is it important?
- If there is more than a six-month time period between the end of your prior year and the start of your request timeline, you have a gap year. In most cases, your gap year is also your current program or organization year and will not be completed prior to submitting your application.
- For example, if your request timeline is 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018 and your most recently fully completed prior year is 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016 and your gap year is 1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017.
- Because of the large gap between your prior year and request timeline, we ask for additional information to help us understand the continuity of programming. Budget and participant information for your gap year is required.
How do I choose the correct participant category?
- The three participant categories include:
- Youth: participants 18 and under or youth enrolled in formal K-12 education
- Individuals: participants of any age (ex: 0-99)
- Families/Households: family units and/or households of any age
- Please note, if you select “families/households” the numbers you provide in the table should identify only the unit or household numbers, not all the individuals within the household. (ex: 5 families, not 20 individuals).
- Choose the participant category that best aligns with your request. This should be the participants you are directly serving.
- Direct vs Indirect: Direct participants are those you are immediately serving. Indirect participants are those impacted due to the result/action of the direct participants.
- For example, if you train adult professionals who will then use their training while working with youth, the direct participants would be the adult professionals and you would select “individuals” as your participant category. The youth would be indirect participants.
- There is a narrative question below the participant table where you can elaborate on indirect participants impacted by your request.
How do I complete the participant table(s)?
- Include the total number of participants directly served by your organization (if a general support request) or by the proposed program or project (if a program or project request).
- For example, in the training example above, if you directly train 20 adults who then work with 200 students, you would only enter the 20 adults into the table.
- Do not limit the numbers served to the Pharos Fund’s geographic boundary. We are interested in seeing the entire scope of your work, regardless of geographic location.
- These numbers should also represent unduplicated participants to the extent possible.
- This section is only for requests that are providing programming directly with a PSD school or classroom.
- If your organization or program/project serves participants enrolled in PSD, but programming is unrelated to the school system, please select “no” in this section.
- Please carefully read through our Community Program goals document to help determine the best fit.
- Choose the one goal and subgoal that your request most closely aligns with. Alignment with more than one goal or subgoal does not strengthen your application.
- Goal fit is the first level of review for Pharos applications. Applicants must articulate a strong alignment with one of our goals and subgoals to be competitive in the review process.
- Bohemian Foundation Community Program staff do not provide feedback on goal fit.
- No. All applications are reviewed individually across all goal areas.
- Strong Vibrant Community applications will demonstrate a program or project that goes beyond the organization’s day to day operations and is not seen as “business as usual.”
- Please reference Pharos Fund Guidelines (page four) for more detail on the Vibrant Community goal and subgoals.
- Vibrant Community requests have an additional question so reviewers can understand how the request is connecting with new audiences and building new community connections.
- Your statement of need (or opportunity) establishes the focus and rationale for your program or organization. In this section, we ask you to articulate the specific need you are trying to address through your organization’s mission and programs.
- We want to understand that your request is addressing a specific, local, community need. We want to know what need your request is addressing, as well as how you know it’s a need.
- Where possible, use relevant local data which describes the need in this community. In some instances, local data may not be available and applicants may choose to reference regional or statewide data. While statewide or national data may be referenced, please try to describe how it’s relevant to the local context.
- Cite your data sources. Try to use current data, when available.
- For example, if your organization focuses on ensuring that students are meeting the third-grade reading mark, you would explain why that is a need, not only for those students in general, but also specific to this community.
- Example: In 2014, 83% of all PSD 3rd graders read at grade level, while only 56% of PSD’s Hispanic students and 60% of PSD’s FRL students did. Research shows that 3rd graders that don’t read at grade level are 4 times more likely to not graduate from high school. (PSD’s Monitor Report.)
- We look to applicants to: a) identify the most important measurable outcomes for your organization or program; b) explain how your organization or program is doing on those measurable outcomes; and c) present what can be done to improve your organization's or program's performance.
- Measurable outcomes are the specific targets by which you measure your organization’s or program’s progress and the impact on the need or opportunity you identified.
- For example, if the need you identified is that X% of students are not reading at grade level, a measurable outcome related to that need would be to increase the percentage of students reading at grade level.
- When describing your outcomes, provide specific information and/or data to explain how these outcomes will impact the need or opportunity you identified.
- For example, if another outcome is to increase time spent reading at home, you could use the narrative section to explain why reading more at home relates to increased reading levels.
- In the outcomes table (see the screen shot below), describe how your organization or program will measure progress during the grant term (also known as request timeline) towards each of your three most important measurable outcomes.
- In the first column, briefly identify the main outcome. In the second column, indicate where participants will enter your program. This is the baseline from which you measure progress towards outcome targets. In the third column, indicate your outcome targets for participants. This is where you expect participants to be, or what they will have achieved, at program completion or the end of the grant term (request timeline), whichever comes sooner. In the final column, please explain how the specific outcome will be measured.
- Contact us if you have any specific questions on the table.
- We are looking to understand the measurable results you’ve achieved over time.
- If your outcome targets have changed based on past results, please explain.
- If you experienced challenges in reaching your outcome targets, that’s okay. We are interested in understanding what you are learning and how you are using that information to make adjustments or improvements.
- We understand that some organizations and programs serve participants well beyond the length of the grant term. We want to understand both your overall outcomes for the program, and the outcomes you expect to achieve during the grant period. Use the narrative questions (either the description of the top three outcomes or past outcome results) to articulate your organization's or program’s overall outcome targets.
- If you are a new organization or program, we are interested in learning how you determined the selected outcome targets.
- Provide a breakdown of your revenue sources into the specific categories. While the categories may be reflected differently than in your uploaded revenue budget, the total revenue amount in the table should match your uploaded revenue budget.
- Please see the Pharos Fund Application Required Documents for a detailed list of required documents.
- The application will also help guide you through which documents to submit.
- No. Please do not submit documents other than what is requested. If there is additional information you believe is important for the review committee to know when considering your application, please include that in the “Additional Information” question at the end of the application.
- Make sure the timelines on your budget documents match the timelines you’ve entered in your application.
- Budget totals in uploaded documents should match budget totals you’ve provided in the application.
- Revenue information should be restricted to the type of request (if program or project), and can include committed as well as projected/pending funding sources.
- We give all submitted documents as-is to reviewers. We cannot reformat or edit them for you, so please make sure they are clear and easy to read and understand.
- Budgets may be submitted in any format (Excel or PDF).
- Please make sure that all columns fit on one page width when printed.
- Please include page numbers and carry over column headings if the document is more than one page in length.
- Make sure that all print settings for your document are as you would like them (ex: no overhanging columns or only one row on the second page)
- Clearly label all documents (both the file name and in the document header).
- Make sure the timeline for which the budget covers is clearly labeled.
- Make sure the specific line items your Pharos request will be allocated towards are clearly identified in your budget documents. (See example below.)
- Prior year budget to actual documents should include both the prior year budget and the prior year actual expenses on the same page. (See example below.)
- Bohemian allows indirect costs to be included on request budgets. There is no specific percentage guideline, however reviewers will assess budgets for a clear connection between the request and any indirect/overhead costs.
- First, be sure you are using the Excel template provided.
- Philanthropic Revenue: These sources of revenue include foundation grants (private, corporate, or community), individual donations, and revenue from fundraising events.
- Non-Philanthropic Revenue: Any other revenue sources not included in the philanthropic section, including government grants.
- Important note: include this Pharos request only if it is one of your top five revenue sources.
- These top five funding sources should be reflected in your uploaded revenue budget and in the requested revenue section.
- If your organization or the proposed program has recently lost one of your top five funding sources, please include it in this section and mark the status as “declined.” Including this information helps us understand the overall funding situation for your organization or program and will not be considered negatively in the review.
- If you do not have five sources in one of the above categories, less than five is alright.
- Interim reports are not required for all Pharos awards. If your organization has an active grant, please contact us to determine if you need to submit an interim report in conjunction with your application.
- Interim reports do not exclude you from submitting a final report.
- Yes. Please reference Section 4 in your grant agreement for more details about the timing and content of the report.
- Please reference the document “How to Submit a Report in the Grantee Portal.”
- For Pharos Fund workshop information visit our Application Assistance page.
- Schedule a Pharos Fund information session with our grants administrator to discuss Community Programs goals and Pharos Fund guidelines.
- Contact our grants administrator by phone at 970.221.2636 or via email.
Complete the prior year and gap year participant tables in the same way, if applicable.
How do I know if I’m coordinating with PSD?
How do I know what goal/subgoal fit is the best choice for my request?
Is there a funding preference by goal area?
What types of requests fit the Vibrant Community Goal area?
What do you mean by the specific need or opportunity your application is trying to address?
Before applicants begin writing answers to the outcome-related questions, what’s most important to keep in mind?
What do you mean by measurable outcomes?
How do I complete the outcomes table?
Why are you interested in our past outcome results?
We serve participants for longer than our request timeline of 12 months. How can we tell you about the outcome targets for the full program instead of just the grant term (request timeline) of 12 months?
We are a new program or organization, so we do not have any past outcome results. What information should we provide?
Expense and Revenue
How do I fill out the revenue table? (See the screen shot below.)
What documents do I need to include with my application?
Can I submit any additional documents or photos that help explain our work?
How do I submit correct budget documents?
Do you have an indirect cost policy?
What information do I include in the Top 5 Funding Sources document?