Bohemian Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Bohemian Foundation awards global development grants to groups working in public health, poverty alleviation and the environment, with programs that foster public health and economic stability.

IP TAKE: Dynamic global development outfits that favor collaborative work rather than solo operations have a good chance of getting on Bohemian’s funding radar.

PROFILE: Established in 2001 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation that operates four main grantmaking programs: Community, Music, Global and Civic.

Bohemian’s Global Programs seeks to support “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.” Main areas of grantmaking interest include public health, poverty alleviation, and environmental programs that foster public health and economic stability.

In addition to funding global health and development organizations, the Bohemian foundation itself works “on the ground directly” with other NGOs. Bohemian is also interested in supporting the next generation of social entrepreneurs and change-makers keen on making a positive impact on the world.

Grants amounts vary widely across Bohemian's programs, ranging from about $1,500 to $500,000. However, the vast majority of grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Bohemian’s global grantmaking is not as abundant as its local and music related giving in terms of the number of awards given. However, the foundation's global grants tend to be more substantial, often ranging from around $25,000 to $200,000. Unfortunately for smaller and grassroots groups, the foundation appears to favor large international organizations such as One Acre Fund, Mercy Corps and Mothers2Mothers.

The Bohemian Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. However, this is an approachable funder.  

PEOPLE:

  • Cheryl Zimlich, Executive Director
  • Erin Ricci, Global Programs Manager

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