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The Academy Foundation, the cultural and educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced it has awarded $500,000 to 64 film-related nonprofit orgs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The foundation annually grants more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural orgs and fests as part of its charter.

UCLA’ s film and TV program, California Institute of the Arts, New York U., Columbia U. School of the Arts, Writers Guild Foundation and the American Film Institute are all among the benefiting universities, museums and career development programs.

AFI received a $25,000 to help fund a directing workshop program for femme helmers. Downtown L.A.’s Chinese American Museum received $15,000 to mount a “Hollywood Chinese” exhibit. L.A.-based non-profit org Streetlights got $15,000 to support a film-centric job training program, while L.A.-based Inner-City Filmmakers was awarded $12,500 for its job training program.

“One of our primary goals is to increase access to professional opportunities in the motion picture industry,” said Andrew Marlow, chair of AMPAS’ grants committee.

Since its inception in 1968, the Acad’s foundation has distributed more than 637 grants totaling more than $5.8 million.