Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the Farash Foundation?

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders, who believed in the importance of education in all of its aspects and knew the power of entrepreneurial creativity. The Foundation places its highest priority on endeavors designed to transform the lives of individuals and the work of organizations.

How do I apply for a grant from the Foundation?

When the submission period begins, the Foundation accepts grant requests as indicated on the grant category pages on our website. For full details, see How to Apply.

Can I submit an application via regular mail?

We request that all grant requests be submitted online.

When will I hear back after requesting a user name and password?

We will try to respond in a timely manner—normally, within a few business days.

What should I do if I misplace my user name or password information?

Click on the link that says “I forgot my username or password.”

What are your grant-making guidelines?

The guidelines differ slightly from category to category, so we urge you to visit What We Fund. Click here to download our reporting guidelines. In all cases, funding is granted only to nonprofit groups qualifying as 501(c)(3) organizations under IRS regulations (and not classified as Type III supporting organizations under Section 509 of the Code), and those organizations must be based in Monroe and Ontario Counties in New York State.

Will your grant categories change over time?

Our grant categories do not regularly change, but the focus areas and granting criteria within those categories may change from year to year.

When are your proposal submission deadlines?

Deadlines vary from category to category; not all categories are open for requests at any one time. We encourage you to visit What We Fund and linked pages for that information. Please note that no application will be considered after the deadline.

How can I check on the status of my request?

Please consult the calendar dates specified on the page for each grant category. All grant requests will be given careful consideration and it will take some time for decisions to be made. The listed dates will tell you when to expect notification concerning the status of requests.

Will I have an advantage by submitting a request as soon as the period for submission begins?

No. All requests will be reviewed together after the close of the submission period.

What kinds of programs do you fund?

Our major categories are EducationJewish LifeEntrepreneurship; and Arts and Culture. We also make grants for emergency repairs. Our Founders’ Giving program, which is not open to applications, reflects additional areas of special interest to Max and Marian Farash.

How do I know if my organization is eligible?

If your organization has 501(c)(3) status (and is not a Type III supporting organization) and is based in Monroe or Ontario Counties in New York State, it may apply if its funding needs meet the criteria of the Foundation’s grant categories.

Does the Foundation provide general operating support?

No. The Foundation will consider requests for specific programs or projects, but not primarily for general operating support (i.e., “overhead”).

Does the Foundation provide support for capital or building campaigns?

The great majority of Foundation grants each year is dedicated to the major funding categories. However, written or email requests (addressed to the Foundation's executive director or grants and programs director) to support capital or building campaigns will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

If two or more 501(c)(3) organizations are collaborating, how would we proceed?

One organization would take the lead, and the other(s) would be listed as a cooperating partner.

If a Jewish organization and secular community organization decide to collaborate, in which category should they apply?

The organizations need to decide which funding category seems to be the best fit and then have one or the other organization act as the lead applicant. 

Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?

No, it does not. (In the case of the Farash Prize, the award goes to the individual but the prize money goes to the individual's affiliated 501(c)(3) organization.)

How much money do you award in grants?

The amount for any particular grant depends on the specifics of that project or program. The overall amount of funds dispersed by the Foundation varies from year to year.

Do you favor brand-new projects or existing ones?

We favor great work on behalf of the community, whether new or longstanding. 

My organization has received a past grant from the Farash Foundation. Are we eligible to apply for another grant?

Yes. A new request can be submitted in a subsequent grant round.

Can my organization apply in different categories in the same year?

Yes, if your requests are appropriate to those categories and one of the focus areas.

My project encompasses several of your categories. How should I apply for a grant?

If you can't determine the best category in which to apply, please contact the Foundation.

Will there be any back-and-forth discussion with our organization about the nature of our application or any changes you would like to see in our proposal?

Yes, depending on the nature of the proposal. Any such discussion and/or site visits would take place after we have invited you to submit a full grant request. 

What are the terms of multi-year requests?

The Foundation does not make multi-year awards. However, requests for grant renewals will be considered if allowed under that category’s guidelines.

What is a Type III Supporting Organization?

A supporting organization attains its public charity status due to a close relationship with one or more other public charities, known as supported organizations. Supporting organizations are classified based on the type of relationship that they have with their supported organizations. Type III supporting organizations must be operated in connection with their supported organizations. Generally, Type III supporting organizations have a less close relationship with their supported organizations than other types of supporting organizations have with their supported organizations.