Arts and Culture

Recognizing Our Creative Community: The Farash Foundation Arts and Culture Gift Program

Arts and culture play integral roles in the life of any healthy community. Those who make art, and those who curate our culture, add immeasurably to the depth and discernment with which we experience the world. These artistic and cultural contributions enhance the lives of individuals of every age, at every socioeconomic level, and across a broad array of specific interests.

In 2015 the Foundation launched Recognizing Our Creative Community: The Farash Arts and Culture Gift Program and invited all 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organizations in Monroe and Ontario counties to receive annual gifts during the three-year duration of this $1.2 million program. (The focus has been on institutions that have as their primary objective the promotion of the arts and/or culture through the expression, teaching, or application of human creative skills and imagination, typically in audio, visual, or performance medium.) Grants are proportioned to the size of the organization and are unrestricted. Updated guidelines for this program are posted here.


Only those organizations based in Monroe or Ontario counties of New York State that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986, as amended, and are not classified as private foundations or Type III supporting organizations under Section 509 of the Code, will be considered for grants.


  • The Foundation will verify, at its discretion, that organizations seeking a gift through this program have as their primary purpose the promotion or teaching of the arts and/or culture.
  • The Foundation favors programs that focus on Arts Education for the use of these funds.

Restrictions (what is not funded)

  • Research
  • Grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Lobbying or attempt to influence legislation




Registration for gift program starts:
May 10, 2016

Registration due by:
May 24, 2016

Gifts announced:
June 29, 2016