Penn Treaty SSD Announces Grants and Sponsorships
of $190,500 for March

PHILADELPHIA – MARCH 2019–Penn Treaty Special Services District is proud to announce the following Grants and Sponsorships to be awarded at the Wednesday, March 20, 2019 meeting:

  1. Friends of Penn Treaty Park – $65,000 to support the 2019 Season of community programming.
  2. Fishtown Athletic Club – $50,000 towards the costs of equipment & fees for the 2019/2020 season.
  3. Almanac Dance Circus Theatre / Painted Bride Art Center – $30,000 towards the costs of the 2019 free public acrobatics workshops, AlmanAcro that will take place weekly until the festival May. Most of the free workshops will be held at Pig Iron Studios in Kensington, culminating in the FitFestfestival & performance at Penn Treaty Park on May in 26.
  4. The Halide– $25,900 matched towards the build out of a community darkroom at 1627 N 2nd Street in South Kensington.
  5. New Kensington CDC $3,500 towards the costs of the 2019 Kensington Kinetic Derby & Trenton Arts Festival on May 11.
  6. Ceiba – $3,500 to support the costs of the 2019 free tax return & financial education workshops.
  7. Cub Scouts Pack 500 at St. Anne’s – $3,500 towards the costs of 2019 spring and summer camps.
  8. Fishtown Neighbors Association – $3,500 towards the costs the 2019 March Madness on March 21.
  9. 26thDistrict Police Advisory Council / ORCA — $3,500 to support the costs of their 2019 Banquet fundraiser in May.
  10. NLArts – $2,100 to support the 2019 Black History & Culture Celebration on March 2.

About Penn Treaty Special Services District
The Penn Treaty SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding SugarHouse Casino—including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties. Funding is provided by SugarHouse Casino through an annual donation. Allocation of funds is determined exclusively by the Penn Treaty SSD Board through a grant request form and a review process.  For more information on the Penn Treaty Special Services District, or to apply for a grant, visit  Contact: Katrina Mansfield, Secretary (215-574-9274) or

AboutFriends of Penn Treaty Park
The Friends of Penn Treaty Park is a community organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the beauty and usefulness of historic Penn Treaty Park. Contact: A.J. Thompson at

About Fishtown Athletic Club
The Fishtown Athletic Club started in 1957 with one baseball team. Today programs include league Baseball and Soft Ball, Soccer, and Basketball teams that compete all over Philadelphia, surrounding counties, and New Jersey. Also offered are in-house instructional programs for younger members. Eighty-five percent of our participants live in the 19125 area. Contact: Shawn Murphy at

About Almanac Dance Circus Theatre / co-sponsored by Painted Bride Art Center
Dance Circus Theatre is a perfect description for the unique approach that Almanac bring to performance. Circus is certainly a part of it, as there are more than enough tumbles, leaps, rolls and other “wow”-able feats.

Almanac eschews props and uses fast-paced high-octane athletics to explore new physical configurations that leave behind the cliches of “circus.” And while it is the kind of show that elicits periodic applause and whooping from the audience at each new feat, the performers present their tricks with enough humility, theatricality, and inventiveness that you forget you’re actively being impressed. Contact: Nick Jonczak

About New Kensington CDC
NKCDC’s mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. NKCDC draws on the strengths of the community to empower residents and promote resident-driven development. While strategies have shifted over the past twenty eight years, NKCDC has developed into a community development corporation with a multi-faceted approach to neighborhood revitalization. Contact: Beatrice J.E. Rider at

About Ceiba
Ceiba promotes the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia’s Latino community through collaborations and advocacy aimed at ensuring their access to quality housing. Contact: Will Gonzalez at

About Cub Scouts Pack 500 at St. Anne’s
Cub Scouts Pack 500 follows the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of leadership, citizenship, and service. Our organization serves youth and their families in the 19125 zip code and surrounding areas. Contact: Bob Brooks at

About Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA)
Fishtown is a vibrant Philadelphia community with a rich history, a culture all its own, and plenty of creativity. The Fishtown Neighbors Association is proud to welcome you. We’re a nonprofit, volunteer-run civic association dedicated to making Fishtown the best neighborhood it can be. Contact: Joseph Kain at

About The 26thDistrict Advisory Council
Located at E. Girard Ave and Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 and led by Captain Krista Dahl-Campbell. For more information about the Light Bulb Project contact Sgt. John Massi at

About NLArts
Through art education, NLArts inspires children to be creative thinkers and to value community. NLArts values children and families. We believe families should have an option for their kids to engage in educational programming during and outside of school time that is consistent with cultural trends and best practices. We have a long-standing commitment to teaching artists and support them in their quest to develop an appreciation for the arts and community in diverse audiences. NLArts values community and the power of a neighborhood arts organization to bring people together for collaborative learning experiences and civic engagement.NLArts believes that quality arts programming can be made available to all families at affordable prices. NLArts values creativity and expression as critical life skills. Contact Jessica Eldredge at

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