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

Autism Connection of PA

Support for the Disability Justice Initiative

October 11, 2023

$45,000.00

Disability Lead

Support for building a pipeline of leaders with disabilities in the Southwest PA region

October 11, 2023

$375,000.00 over 36 months

Education Law Center

Continued support for advocacy to ensure that children with disabilities in southwestern PA have access to appropriate educational opportunities

October 11, 2023

$120,000.00 over 24 months

Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Operating support to promote access to healthcare for people with disabilities

October 11, 2023

$60,000.00

KidsVoice

Support for KidsVoice's advocacy for youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood

June 14, 2023

$15,000.00

New Sun Rising

Operating support for All Abilities Media

June 14, 2023

$25,000.00

Pittsburghers for Public Transit

Support for Transit Justice is Disability Justice

June 14, 2023

$25,000.00

Autism Urban Connections, Inc.

Operating support to serve Black families with autistic children

June 14, 2023

$20,000.00

Bender Leadership Academy

Support for the Readiness Programs

June 14, 2023

$20,000.00

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Continued support to prevent abuse of people with disabilities in nursing homes

June 14, 2023

$25,000.00

East Suburban Citizen Advocacy

Operating support for advocacy for people with developmental disabilities

June 14, 2023

$25,000.00

The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh

General operating support for programs that build social connection for people with disabilities

June 14, 2023

$30,000.00

Growing Together Aquaponics

Support for management and leadership development for young women with disabilities

June 14, 2023

$10,000.00

Abolitionist Law Center

Continued support to address incarceration of people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and autism

February 8, 2023

$35,000.00

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

General operating support

February 8, 2023

$35,000.00

Carnegie Library of Homestead

Sensory Rooms Project at Carnegie Library of Homestead

February 8, 2023

$25,000.00

Casa San Jose

Support for the Steps for Autism Family Education Program

February 8, 2023

$40,000.00

Disability Lead

To explore feasibility of replicating the Disability Lead Model

February 8, 2023

$30,000.00

Evolve Coaching

Support for accessible and inclusive design of new facility

February 8, 2023

$45,000.00

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Support for the Disabled Artists Creative Cohort

February 8, 2023

$15,000.00

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Support to better serve incarcerated people with disabilities

February 8, 2023

$30,000.00

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Support for the Accessibility in Arts Education project

February 8, 2023

$16,000.00

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.

STANDING FIRM

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.