Grants Awarded

FISA Foundation funds nonprofit organizations providing services in southwestern Pennsylvania, limited to the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bulter, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. All grants benefit women, girls or people with disabilities.

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Grants Awarded

Grant DescriptionProgram AreaAmount

Focus on Renewal

For transportation of parents and children involved in the Positive Parenting Program

May 13, 1998


The Woodlands Foundation

Support for construction of an outdoor area for adaptive sports at this residential camping and retreat center for children and adults with physical disabilities

February 11, 1998



For start-up of a music therapy program in two adult day health centers for clients with developmental disabilities, alzheimer's disease and chronic pain

February 11, 1998


Jewish Association on Aging

For the creation of a multifaceted secondary disability prevention program at Council Care Adult Day Services designed to maintain the physical health status of clients, thus preventing or delaying their move to more institutionalized care

February 11, 1998


DePaul School for Hearing and Speech

To fund computer equipment to program the Cochlear Implant 24M, a device that provides sound information for individuals with profound hearing impairments

February 11, 1998


Center for Violence and Injury Control

To implement the start-up of a mulitdimensional bicycle helmet promotion coalition in the City of Pittsburgh

February 11, 1998


Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

To supplement the equipment used for exercise and recreation in the Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training Program

February 11, 1998


YMCA Camps Kon-O-Kwee & Spencer

For handicapped accessible bathrooms for the people with disabilities who participate at Camp Spencer

October 8, 1997


Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

For a case management program to help residents successfully make the transition from shelter to a violence-free home

October 8, 1997


William & Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center

Support for care for homeless people who need a place to recuperate following a hospital stay

October 8, 1997


Riding for the Handicapped

For the Adopt-a-Horse Program, to provide food and board for two horses that are used for physical and recreational therapy for people with disabilities

October 8, 1997


Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

For expansion of the Parents in Prevention Program, which provides intensive educational services focused on sexual assault issues, in collaboration with Head Start

October 8, 1997


Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER)

For planning and start-up of a gender-specific intensive outpatient program for drug and alcohol counseling for women

October 8, 1997


Life’sWork of Western Pennsylvania

To provide paid internships for students with severe disabilities who are in transition from school to work

October 8, 1997


Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Support for construction of a new on-site childcare facility for use by Goodwill employees who are disabled and other members of the community

October 8, 1997


The Bradley Center

For a home-based program for families of children with autism

October 8, 1997


Arthritis Foundation

For expansion of the Home Assessment Program for underserved arthritis patients

October 8, 1997


Chatham University

To fund the FISA Rehabilitation Lecture

July 15, 1997


Merakey Allegheny Valley School

For specialized wheelchairs and positioning equipment for residents at the Patricia Hillman Miller Campus

May 21, 1997



For interior renovations of the Shaler Highlands Apartments for people with brain injury

May 21, 1997


The Children’s Institute

For free care for children with brain injuries

May 21, 1997


Bethlehem Haven

Funding for Project Employ, providing job training and transitional employment for homeless women

May 21, 1997


Three Rivers Center for Independent Living

Support for the Into New Hands Program, which recycles pre-owned medical equipment to needy individuals

April 17, 1997


Grantee Spotlights

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Autism Urban Connections

Autism Urban Connections is the first and only African American, minority, family focused Autism nonprofit in Pennsylvania. 

Black Women's Policy Center

Pittsburgh is often lauded as among the most livable cities in the country. While this may be true for some, it is certainly not the case for Black women.


FISA’s support helped to launch and scale STANDING FIRM’s efforts to engage employers to Recognize the warning signs of abuse, Respond with support, and Refer employees to get free and confidential help through community-based services.

Gwen's Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance

For the last twenty years, Gwen’s Girls has focused on empowering girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences.

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Pennsylvania Health Law Project

As PHLP uncovers individuals’ barriers to healthcare, it uses this information as it monitors and analyzes proposed policy changes and legislation. PHLP then works with its clients and other advocates to push for policy and program changes to improve access to healthcare for people with disabilities, and other low-income populations. .

FISA Foundation is so proud of our grantees and partners who are working to improve the lives of women, girls and people with disabilities every day.