What is the PTSSD?

The Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) is a nonprofit organization formed by volunteers from the four neighborhoods named in the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) reached with SugarHouse Casino. The District’s neighborhoods are:

  • Fishtown
  • Northern Liberties
  • Old Richmond
  • South Kensington

See a map of the entire District HERE.

Read our History and Mission HERE.

How do funding requests work?

If you are a nonprofit residing in and serving the residents of The District, you might qualify for either a Grant or Sponsorship from the PTSSD.

The Board considers three Grant Requests and three Sponsorship Requests per month. These reviews are on a first come – first served bases, and take place in the evenings on the third Wednesday of each month.*

Upon receipt of a Request, applicants are invited to come to a meeting and present a 15-minute talk about the specifics of their organization and the nature of their request. A 5-minute Q&A follows.

Once you have presented your request, the PTSSD Board will determine the level of support, if any, and will contact each organization regarding the outcome, or if additional information is needed. Organizations not receiving support from the PTSSD should not be discouraged from requesting funding at a later date.

Checks are distributed and Agreements are signed at the following month’s meeting.

* The Board does not meet in July or August.

What is the difference between a Grant and a Sponsorship?

Sponsorships are capped at $5,000 while Grants are not.

A qualifying organization may receive only one Grant per year. Multiple Sponsorships may be awarded to a qualifying organization throughout the year.

Progress Reports are required from all Grant recipients. Progress Reports are only required from Sponsorship recipients if the Board assigns Special Conditions to the Sponsorship.

All recipients are required to sign a Grant or Sponsorship Agreement as applicable.

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

The applicant organization must be a nonprofit with a valid 501(c)(3) number.

Funds awarded to the applicant must benefit residents of The District.
See a map of the District HERE.

Given the limited amount of funds available, a smaller request is more likely to be considered favorably by the board. Also, the PTSSD is probably more likely to invest in a “specific one time project” or initiative with “long term community value” versus an undefined contribution to the “General Operating Fund” of any organization.

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. Of course, each request will be reviewed and evaluated on its individual merit; but these are just some thoughts regarding how the board views requests in general.

The PTSSD will provide a computer and video projector for those who wish to present via PowerPoint. Pictures, drawings, sketches, estimates, renderings, budgets and any other information regarding your request are highly encouraged.

Download Grant Request HERE.

Download Sponsorship Request HERE.

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