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FISA Foundation (Pennsylvania)
C - Funds little to no technology
FISA Foundation believes in and invests in innovation; however we also recognize the current economic challenges facing nonprofits. In light of the fact that funds are limited, FISA carefully considers where it can have the greatest impact, as well as the availability of other funding sources (including focus areas of other local foundations). The Foundation will consider grants for:
- New and innovative projects or programs
- Ongoing programs and projects
- General operating support for programs that advance our strategic priorities
- Capacity building initiatives
The Foundation gives priority to projects and programs that have clearly defined outcomes and a realistic evaluation plan.
History of Funding
Past awards since 1997 are available to view here: https://fisafoundation.org/grants/grants-awarded/.
The Foundation does not make grants in support of:
- Organizations without an Internal Revenue Code charitable, tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)
- Programs taking place outside the ten-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania
- Political campaigns or lobbying
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Travel, study and scholarships
- Issues related to disabilities that result from the aging process
- Renovations to improve the physical accessibility of buildings
- Programs with the primary purpose of providing mental health services (though we do recognize that mental health is often an interrelated issue in FISA's priority areas)
- Programs that happen to serve women and girls but are not designed to be gender specific
- Parenting programs, unless they specifically relate to one of our stated priorities
- Biomedical research.
FISA Foundation funds nonprofit organizations providing services in southwestern Pennsylvania, limited to the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. All grants benefit women, girls or people with disabilities.
Grant applicants are encouraged to submit a 2-3-page letter of inquiry outlining the need to be addressed, a brief description of the proposed project or program, and the amount of the request. Letters should be accompanied by a completed application form.
Letters of inquiry are reviewed on a monthly basis. You will receive an update about the status of your inquiry within six weeks.
Applications for projects supporting people with disabilities have additional instructions available here: https://fisafoundation.org/2020/07/request-for-letters-of-inquiry/
Awards vary by size and scope of project.
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