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Farash Foundation announces grants

Thirty-seven local nonprofit agencies will receive $1.145 million in grants from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, in a round just announced to those organizations. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Applications totaling nearly $20 million came from more than 140 organizations in this round of funding, which focused on projects in education. Under the rubric “Getting to 21” — helping youth in ways that lead to success and enhanced opportunities later in life — the foundation invited applications in the areas of school readiness, career readiness and out-of-school opportunities.

The reviewers had a large number of “very legitimate, very well thought-out, and very well written applications,” said trustee Kenneth D. Bell. “That was a big challenge for us. But by the end of the process, and with our external reviewers, we came to a consensus that we had identified the best projects to support in this funding round.”

A number of grants will target programs helping city school students.

The latest grants to educational programs complement the foundation’s commitment, announced in January, of up to $3.5 million to the newly created First in Family Scholarships. This scholarship program will enable students from Monroe and Ontario counties to graduate from college debt-free. The scholarships will be awarded to promising students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and join any of the next three entering classes at institutions of higher education in Monroe and Ontario counties.