Penn Treaty SSD announces Grants and Sponsorships
of over $88,000 for May

PHILADELPHIA – MAY 2019–Penn Treaty Special Services District is proud to announce the following Grants and Sponsorships to be awarded at the Wednesday, May 15, 2019 meeting:

  1. 12 Plus – $40,000 for their Alumni Support Program, providing mentorships
    for high school seniors through graduation and the college application process.
  2. Art Sphere– $22,610 in support of their 2019/20 season of children’s arts programs.
  3. Artwell – $3,500 towards the costs of theirFamily-friendlyBiennial ArtWell Festival
    fundraiser on June 8th

  4. Friends of Adaire – $3,500 to underwrite their Spring Benefit Concert
    on May 9, 2019.
  5. Kensington Amvets Post 146 – $3,500 towards 2019 Golf Outing fundraiser
    on May 4, 2019.
  6. The Halide Project – $3,500 for the Living Image exhibit held
    Dec 8, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019.
  7. 12 Plus – $3,500 to support the Spring Gala fundraiser on May 11, 2019.
  8. The Halide Project – $3,410 for Spring Exhibit & workshops
    from April 6 through May 19, 2019.
  9. Fishtown Co / FNA – $2,557 to support the establishment of a farmers market
    under the El.
  10. Lutheran Settlement House – $2,500 towards the 2019 Women of Courage
    fundraiser on May 8, 2019.

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

About 12 Plus
12+ works with each partner school to understand and respond to students’ college readiness needs. A symbol of college attainment, the PLUS Center is constructed within the walls of the partner school and functions as a central hub for all college readiness and access services for the entire student body. To help students reach the finish line, we assist partner schools in preparing students for the academic and social demands of a postsecondary environment. Once they get there, 12+ provides ancillary alumni services and continues to follow students’ progress to support them every step of the way. Contact: Raymond John, Chief Executive Officer at

About Art Sphere
Art Sphere is a non-profit organization that targets underserved populations in an effort to engage the creativity in communities, empower neighborhoods, explore the positives in peoples’ lives, and heal the mind, body, and spirit through art. ASI was founded in 1998 as a response to declininginner-city Philadelphia neighborhoods and schools. The goal was to bring the best practices of teaching art and art curriculum that are found in elite settings into Philadelphia’s inner-city and disadvantaged neighborhoods. Contact: Kristin Groenveld at

About Artwell
Since 2000, ArtWell programs have transformed the lives of more than 33,500 young people facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up, in partnership with over 395 schools and community organizations. Through collaborations between local artists and young people, ArtWell fosters thriving, just and peaceful communities throughout the Philadelphia area. Contact: Rea Pagliarulo at

About Friends of Adaire
Parents, educators, and community members whose mission is to enrich the education of Alexander Adaire’s K–8 school students by providing additional resources and support. Contact: Kate Hughes at

About Kensington Amvets Post 146
The mission of Amvets Post #146 is to provide services and information for all veterans, and also to provide access and availability to the Post’s building for community activities. Contact Ed Hepworth at

About The Halide Project
The Halide Project was created in 2015 to promote the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative photographic processes. Founded in Philadelphia but maintaining a global outlook, prospective programming includes photographic exhibits, workshops, community workspace(s), and an artist residency focusing on film and alternative process photography. Contact: Alexandra Orgera at

About Fishtown Co
Fishtown Co’s mission is to improve conditions for businesses and neighbors in the greater Fishtown area, attract and retain businesses, and create jobs. Contact: Renee Gillinger at

About Lutheran Settlement House
Established in 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the programs and services offered by LSH have changed in response to the evolving needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House — “to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services” — has remained constant. Contact: Christine Stutman at

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