2017 Possibility Grants

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation recognizes there are many 501(c)(3) organizations whose social entrepreneurial projects have limited funding opportunities. Possibility Grants were created to address this need and continue to make social entrepreneurship in our community…possible.
Social entrepreneurs play the role of change agents in the social sector by:
• Adopting a mission to create and sustain a social value,
• Recognizing and pursuing new opportunities to serve that mission,
• Engaging in a process of innovation, adaptation, and learning,
• Exhibiting a sense of accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.
Possibility Grants
Supporting social entrepreneurial projects that demonstrate fiscal responsibility while changing social needs, creating jobs, and generally helping people in challenging situations. Funding ranges between $5,000 and $25,000. Grants are given to projects in Monroe or Ontario counties. Non-profit organizations, can apply for a 1-year grant to support a range of projects, such as purchasing equipment, facility repair, short-term pilot programs, bridge funding until a known revenue stream begins, or skill development training for staff. Indirect costs that are integral to the infrastructure of the organization and necessary to ensure a viable organization, with a max of 15% of the grant request, may be considered for funding. This could include rent, utilities, wages for administrative staff, office supplies, telephone service, and equipment.
Applications should include a maximum 1-2-minute video describing your organization and project/program.
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.
Restrictions (what is not funded)
• Research
• Grants or scholarships to individuals
• Lobbying or attempt to influence legislation
Available Funds
The amount of funds being requested should be appropriate for the number of people to be served and the measurable outcomes you intend to achieve over the length of time of your proposal.
Future support will be considered on a case by case basis.


Applications Open:
August 2, 2017
Applications Due:
August 23, 2017
Award Announcement:
October 24, 2017