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Emergency Repair Fund


The Emergency Repair Fund continues Max Farash’s own practice of providing a "safety net" of funds that can be accessed quickly and used to meet emergency building expenses (e.g., short-term repairs needed for HVAC, hot water, etc.). Please note that deferred maintenance and roof repairs of any kind are not eligible for these emergency funds. The maximum per grant is $15,000.

Preferably, not-for-profit organizations should submit a copy of two estimates for the designated repair and wait for official notification of grant approval before the work is done. However, on a case-by-case basis the Foundation will consider approving grants for repairs already completed in an emergency situation. Final reporting includes submission of the final receipt(s) verifying that the work was both completed and paid for. 

Responses to requests for emergency funds will be expedited to the extent possible.

The Foundation allocates funds to this account on an annual basis. Once the funds are exhausted, this category will close until the following January.

This category is now open. Please go to the Farash Grants Portal to submit a request.


The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry 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.

Additional Information

  • An organization can apply for an emergency fund grant only once in a year from the date of award.
  • Strong preference will be given to grant requests submitted by smaller organizations with limited operating budgets.

Restrictions (not funded)

  • Routine repairs, scheduled maintenance, and repairs that are within the organization's operating resources.
  • Roof repairs of any kind.
  • Any projects as deemed as deferred maintenance.


At the Foundation’s discretion, special gifts are also made from time to time to disaster relief efforts.