Some $6.6 million in grants was announced Tuesday by the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

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The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced Tuesday that it will be handing out some $6.6 million in grants, more than $3.3 million of which will benefit groups in Washington state.

The scope of the grants varied widely — from $500,000 to Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry to support its new museum at Lake Union Park, to $150,000 to Seattle public-defense agency The Defender Association to support a research project focused on employment and housing for ex-offenders.

Grants to groups in Washington also include: $400,000 to the Lake Washington School District, to support a capacity building project for the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum; $100,000 to Washington State Bar Foundation to support legal services for families facing foreclosure; $80,000 to the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth to support a project focusing on audience research and marketing; and $50,000 to Rotary First Harvest, to support a project dedicated to strengthening the operating capacity and expansion of food banks.

Funds also will go to museums, the Seattle Opera Association, a Capitol Hill dance studio, radio station KEXP, schools, Habitat for Humanity and other groups.

Grants also will be given out in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and internationally.

Of the $6.6 million in grants, close to $1 million was to be given to innovative projects in Native American communities across the Pacific Northwest.

“We’ve seen over the years that Native American and tribal communities face challenges that defy ordinary approaches,” Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, said in a news release. “At the same time, these communities are characterized by great depth of cultural resources and strengths. To support them, The Foundation looked for programs that were working across the sectors, trying to better the lives of tribal community members.”

The foundation has dedicated $240,000 to assist a program in Ilwaco, Pacific County, designed to offer loans to Native American entrepreneurs.

The foundation was launched by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Jo Lynn Allen in 1988. Since inception, the foundation has awarded over $438 million to more than 1,400 nonprofit groups.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.