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COVID-19 Relief Fund

General Operating Support

Grant category is open

Residents of Rochester, NY, for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their religious and civic communities and greatly valued the importance of education and entrepreneurship. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, which, in accordance with their wishes, awards grants to community organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties—half of them for Jewish projects and programs.

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.


The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund (“The Fund”) provides unrestricted support to non-profit organizations located in Monroe and Ontario Counties. General Operating Support is intended to invest in an organization’s mission and impact, to help support the infrastructure and operational needs of an organization, rather than a specific project or program.

The Fund is restricted to organizations with a mission specific to one of the following funding areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Workforce Development 

Priority will be given to organizations demonstrating the following:

  • Community impact
  • Organizational strength
  • Financial stability with at least three – nine months of operating reserves


The Foundation accepts proposals from not-for-profit groups in Monroe and Ontario counties in New York State.

Only those organizations 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. Proposals are limited to projects to be undertaken or initiated in Monroe or Ontario counties in New York State.

Restrictions (what is not funded):

Grants will not be made to individuals, partisan political organizations or to support lobbying efforts.
Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.
Grants or scholarships to individuals

  • Proposals are to be submitted via online application.
  • Applications will not be reviewed if submitted in a format other than the online application.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2020

Questions may be addressed to:

Alicia Jinks
Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

Release Date: July 7, 2020 
Due Date: Rolling Applications throughout 2020

Apply here