The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation seeks to support projects that provide the structure, encouragement, and incentive that enable people to help themselves lead more successful, inspired and fulfilling lives. The Trustees are particularly interested in funding projects that stimulate innovation, support families, and can demonstrate a sustainable impact on participants.

In making difficult choices among many public needs, the Trustees are committed to exercising their common values. These include responsibility, innovation, integrity, competence, commitment to family, respect for personal growth and equality of opportunity.

In alignment with the Foundation’s shift in grant making to a more national focus, the Foundation Trustees decided to strategically sharpen its grant making focus in Palm Beach County. Originally, Palm Beach County Interest Area grants broadly supported efforts targeted to education and research, health and well-being, and arts and culture. Currently, the Trustees have decided to focus the Foundation's Palm Beach County Interest Area funding on education projects designed to provide at-risk students with the supports needed to achieve academic success (e.g., mentoring, advising, tutoring, arts-integrated education) as well as on health and well-being projects designed to help the uninsured and underinsured with accessing mental health supports and services, aid those who are hungry, and/or assist the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.

The size of Palm Beach County Interest Area grants vary and are relevant to the size of the project and the organizational budgets of applicants. On a case-by-case basis, multi-year funding may be considered. Grants typically range in size from $50,000 to $250,000, with occasional larger grants and some smaller grants for special initiatives.

Only 501(c)(3) organizations invited to apply will be considered for Foundation funding.