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The Foundation for Developmental Disabilities Announces Its Latest Program Grant Recipients

Updated: Jun 2, 2023



At the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD), our mission is to generate and distribute funds to innovative programs that enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Through our Program Grant opportunities, we invest in nonprofit organizations that create access to innovative programs for individuals with IDDs.


As we continue to make an impact in our core impact areas which includes employment, family support, housing, and self-advocacy, we are proud to share FDD’s Board of Directors' latest approval of $74,000 in Program Grant funding to six organizations across San Diego, with one organization, Tap Fever Studios, receiving funding from FDD for the first time.


Please join us in celebrating our latest program grantees. Learn more about the incredible work these organizations are doing to make an impact on the lives of individuals with IDDs and their families.


Arms Wide Open’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs or disabilities by fostering caring social environments and creating opportunities for recreation and participation in the performing arts. The $10,000 grant funding will support Arms Wide Open’s performing arts classes for people with disabilities as well as two musicals featuring a cast of all ages from the program’s students. Visit their website at www.armswideopensd.com to learn more.


Autism Society San Diego’s mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. The $13,000 grant funding will support the Autism Society’s Camp I CAN program which provides 90 youth with autism a camp experience. Visit their website at www.autismsocietysandiego.org to learn more.


Banding Together’s mission is to bring music opportunities to individuals with special needs. The $15,000 grant funding will support Banding Together’s 28 one-hour music therapy groups. The program expects to serve 80 individuals. Visit their website at www.bandingtogethersd.org to learn more.


Fred Finch Youth & Family Services’ mission is to provide culturally responsive services that cultivate mental and physical resiliency and wellness. The $14,000 grant funding will support Fred Finch’s CARES Behavior Education and Skills Training (BEST) High School Program. Visit their website at www.fredfinch.org to learn more.


Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) House’s mission is to empower individuals and create community through the performing arts. The $13,500 grant funding will support expenses for its improvisational theatre workshops for teens and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Visit their website at www.pacthouse.org to learn more.


Tap Fever Studios’ mission is to provide accessible dance opportunities to people of all ages, with and without disabilities. The $8,500 grant funding will support Tap Fever’s Adaptive Dance Program. The program expects to serve 100 youth and families. Visit their website at www.tapfever.com to learn more.



Are you a nonprofit organization seeking funding for programs or initiatives that serve individuals with IDDs and their families in San Diego and Imperial Counties? Learn more about our Program Grant opportunities and approaching deadlines.


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