Newman's Own Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.4 million to 13 public broadcasting stations and organizations, including three that reach the Fairfield County market.

The Westport-based foundation, started by the late actor Paul Newman, said some outlets will use the two-year grants to generate more donations through challenge grants while others will use the money for programming or special projects.

Among the outlets awarded grants are WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Connecticut Public Broadcasting and WNET, Channel 13, the New York City PBS outlet.

"Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place," said Robert Forrester, the foundation president. "He was a strong supporter of public broadcasting, and we are proud to maintain that support for today and into the future." Total giving by Newman's Own in support of public broadcasting is nearly $10 million.

The foundation was launched to distribute net profits and royalties from the Newsman's Own brand of food products, which the late actor launched to generate money for philanthropy.