Posted 3/8/2024

Congratulations to the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Impact Grant Recipients!

The Merakey Foundation is proud to provide Impact Grant support to several projects within the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Division. The Foundation's Impact Grants invest in transformative ideas and scalable solutions that support Merakey's strategic initiatives.

Senior Vice President of IDD Services Elise Tretola states, “Thank you so very much to the Merakey Foundation and the Impact Grants! These grants truly make a difference in the lives of the folks we support and their ability to live a full and meaningful life.”

IDD Impact Grant Recipients:

  • Pittsburgh, PA – Community enrichment and socialization activities to local parks and museums, as well as some equipment to promote safety, dignity, respect, and privacy.
  • Sunbury, PA – Retractable awning to provide shelter over an existing patio that houses sensory equipment.
  • Portage, PA – Tickets and passes to local parks, museums, and a gym to promote community access, as well as some equipment for emergency safety and sensory stimulation.
  • Stockton, CA – Porch swings and picnic table to help residents achieve their socialization goals; equipment to promote sensory stimulation and increase coping strategies.
  • Yuba City, CA – Picnic table to assist residents in achieving their socialization goals.

Impact Grants are funded by generous donors and fundraising efforts of the Merakey Foundation. Each year, all three programmatic divisions have an opportunity to apply for an Impact Grant.