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What is the Penn Treaty SSD?

The Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) is a nonprofit, private foundation formed by volunteers from the four neighborhoods named in the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) reached with SugarHouse Casino in 2009.

PTSSD Map 300pxClick HERE
to see our Bylaws and the Community Benefits Agreement.

Click HERE
to see the PTSSD Grant Policy.

The PTSSD distributes grants and sponsorships to organizations that provide charitable benefits to the residents of it’s Special Services District (SSD):

  • Fishtown
  • Northern Liberties
  • Old Richmond
  • South Kensington

See a high resolution map of the Special Services District HERE.

What kinds of organizations are funded?

See a list of our recipients HERE.

What kinds of projects are funded?

  • Requests are considered which serve the residents of the Special Services District.
    X
  • The Board is more likely to invest in a specific one-time project with long-term community value.
    X
  • Projects that are financially self-sustaining are also viewed favorably.
    X
  • The PTSSD may help with initial start-up costs, but cannot commit to fund on-going operating expenses.

How do funding requests work?

The first step is to download either a Grant Request Form or a Sponsorship Request Form.

Provide all of the documents, information, and signatures requested. Include estimates, budgets, drawings, and any other information regarding your request.

You can mail the request form and supporting documents to:
PTSSD, 702 N. 3rd Street, PMB 38, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Digital copies can be emailed to: ptssd.secretary@gmail.com

The Board generally considers three Grant Requests and four Sponsorship Requests per month. These reviews are on a first-come, first-served basis, and take place in the evenings on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. (except for July and August).

If there is no room on the Agenda for your application, your request will be scheduled for the following month.

TIP: Apply early!

Decisions to award or deny requests are made at the meeting when your request is heard. Applicants are notified of the outcome within the next few days.

All checks are released at the following month’s meeting.

TIP: Allow at least three to four months of turnaround time
from the date you send us your request.

If your request is denied, you should not be discouraged from re-submitting your request (with changes), or from requesting funding for other projects.

What is the difference between a Grant and a Sponsorship?

GRANTS

  • Three Grants are considered at each meeting.
    X
  • Grants are not subject to a dollar cap.
    X
  • A qualifying organization may receive only one Grant per year.
    X
  • Grant applicants are invited to come to the PTSSD Board meeting and give a 15-minute presentation about their organization and the nature of their request. A 5-minute Q&A may follow. (Please allow at least one hour of time if you are presenting)
    X
  • Interim and Final Progress Reports MUST be submitted by the dates shown on the signed Grant Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your organization’s ineligibility for further awards from the PTSSD.

Download Grant Forms HERE.

SPONSORSHIPS

  • Four Sponsorships are considered at each meeting.
    X
  • Sponsorships are capped at $3,500.
    X
  • Multiple Sponsorships may be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year.
    X
  • Applicants do not present their requests at a PTSSD Board meeting.
    X
  • A Final Progress Report MUST be submitted by the date shown on the signed Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your organization’s ineligibility for further awards from the PTSSD.

Download Sponsorship Forms HERE.

CO-SPONSORSHIPS

If you are a private organization you may decide to seek an established non-profit
as a co-sponsor for your Grant or Sponsor Request. This partnership insures that you
are not taxed on the award by the IRS.

  • The non-profit Co-Sponsor may charge an administration fee of up to 5%. This cost may be included in the Applicant’s request.
    x
  • The Applicant may receive only one Grant per year.
    x
  • The Co-Sponsor’s eligibility to apply for their own Penn Treaty Grant or Sponsorship is not effected by a Co-Sponsor partnership.
    x
  • Co-Sponsor Grant Applications should be completed and signed by both parties, then submitted to the PTSSD Secretary.
    x
  • The Applicant along with their Co-Sponsor are invited to come to the SSD Board meeting and give a 15-minute presentation about their organization and the nature of their request. A 5-minute Q&A may follow.
    x
  • If approved, Grant Reports are due to the PTSSD from the Applicant on the dates agreed upon on the signed Grant Agreement. If these Reports are not submitted, the Applicant is ineligible for further Requests.
    x
  • The PTSSD will make a reasonable attempt to procure these reports. The Co-Sponsor is responsible for obtaining these reports, as well.

Download a Co-Sponsor Grant Request Form HERE.

Download a Co-Sponsorship Request HERE.

All Recipients sign their Agreements and receive their award at the next scheduled Board Meeting after the request is approved.

The PTSSD asks that ALL recipients reimburse any unused funds when the project is completed.

All recipients MUST submit their Progress Reports by the dates shown on the signed Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your organization’s ineligibility for further awards from the PTSSD.

What criteria are considered by the Board
in deciding Grants and Sponsorships?

These are guidelines regarding how the Board views requests in general. In addition to the documents requested in your application, each request is reviewed and evaluated on its individual merit.

The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.

The term educational includes the instruction or training of the individual for the purpose of improving or developing his or her capabilities.

  • The Board is more likely to invest in a specific one-time project with long-term community value. Projects that are financially self-sustaining are also viewed favorably.
    X
  • The PTSSD may help with initial start-up costs, but cannot commit to fund on-going operating expenses.
    X
  • The request must be to fund material & labor costs of the project. An undefined contribution to the “General Operating Fund” of any organization is not generally awarded.
    X
  • Given the limited amount of funds available, a smaller request is more likely to be considered favorably by the Board.
    X
  • Grants and Sponsorships are not awarded to entities that are the responsibility of the City of Philadelphia (i.e. public schools, recreation centers). This exception was made so that City and State funding of the District would not be impaired by the perception that the PTSSD would take on this responsibility.
    X
  • The PTSSD does not make Grants or Sponsorships to individuals.
    Such awards would be a hardship on an individual, as it would constitute taxable income to the recipient.
    X
  • Failure to submit a Final Report will result in your organization’s ineligibility for further awards from the PTSSD.

IMPORTANT: The PTSSD mission is not to become a permanent source of funding for any individual organization or group. Therefore, funding received in any given year should not be seen as an indication that subsequent funding is assured.

Download Grant Forms HERE.

Download Sponsorship Forms HERE.

Contact us at ptssd.secretary@gmail.com for more info.

 

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