Penn Treaty Special Services District To Award
Over $145,900 In Grants And Sponsorships In July 2018

PHILADELPHIA – July 2018  – Penn Treaty Special Services District (Penn Treaty SSD) is proud to announce the following Grants and Sponsorships to be awarded during the month of July 2018:

  1. Palmer Cemetery$69,216 for the completion of the fence along Memphis Street, tree repair and removal.
  2. Penn Home – $34,789 for capital project to repair and upgrade fire escape to new City requirements.
  3. Second State Press — $19,979 to support the costs of expanding a print-making studio to provide after free school classes to high school students attending Bodine High School, Kensington High School, Penn Treaty High School, and Kensington Health Sciences.
  4. We Care Soccer / Fishtown AC$5,000 for the 2018 summer soccer camp.
  5. NLArts $3,500 for the End of Camp Gala fundraising event at Liberty Lands in August 2018.
  6. The Food Trust$3,500 to support the Night Market in Kensington event on August 9, 2018.
  7. Beacon$3,270 to support the 2018 Open Yards program.
  8. Orkney Park$3,200 to support the 2018 Fall Gala fundraiser on September 2.
  9. Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden / Norris Square Neighborhood Project — $2,500 to support the Feast of Fools Community event on October 30 and 31.
  10. Northern Liberties Neighbors Assoc (NLNA) $1,000 to support the NLNA 2nd Street Festival tent on
    August 5, 2018.

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 Palmer Cemetery
Palmer Cemetery is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3). The all-volunteer Trustees are dedicated to the maintenance, restoration, conservation of this Colonial Era Cemetery and Philadelphia Historical Site. The Trustees seek to increase public interest in the cemetery, and develop an awareness and appreciation of the local history and the history of the City of Philadelphia, as it pertains to Fishtown and Palmer Cemetery. In order to carry out our mission, the Trustees of Palmer Cemetery encourage volunteerism and provide staff support and management of the Historic Burial Ground, as well as raising funds through grants and fundraising events. Contact: Jim Kingsmill at

About Penn Home

Mission: To provide a quality living environment that ministers to the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of each and every resident.

About Second State Press

Located in the Crane Arts Building, Second State Press is a nonprofit 501(c)3 communal printmaking workshop whose mission is to foster the development of ideas and innovation in printmaking by providing artists with a professional, affordable, and supportive workspace.

About We Care Soccer
This week-long program takes place every summer during the last week of July. It is a free and volunteer-based summer camp where kids ages 3 – 11 learn different soccer skills. Once a child turns 12 they are eligible to come back and help coach younger campers for the next couple of years. Approximately 50 kids showed up to the first We Care Soccer Camp in 1994. 21 years later, camp participation has more than tripled to about 170 children. Contact: Pat Cain at 215-739-5118

About NLArts
NLArts is a Philadelphia arts organization that expands each child’s appreciation for, and participation in, their community.  This is accomplished through interaction with artists and educators in neighborhood-based performing and visual arts activities. NLArts provides innovative arts programs to children at weekend and summer workshops taught by local artists. Programs recognize and teach to children’s individual learning styles and interests by connecting them with the wealth of artistic, cultural, academic, and historic resources throughout Philadelphia. Contact: Natasha Mell-Taylor at

About The Food Trust

The Food Trust’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we’ve developed a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. Contact: Diana Minkus at

About Beacon

Beacon is a neighborhood faith community located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia that strengthens our community, its children and neighbors, through faith, art, and storytelling. We believe that creative expression and storytelling provide unique avenues for individual and community transformation and growth. We offer space for creative expression weekly through after school programs for children and youth, community events for all ages, and an open, welcoming worship service. Contact: Rebecca Blake at

About Orkney Park

A group of determined citizens, working with the consent of the owner, has set up a 501(c)(3) to rescue this place from development. The Project’s members include experienced individuals who have helped shaped the development of Northern Liberties, with contributions like the development of Liberty Lands, Orianna Hill Park, and the Northern Liberties Community Center. This coalition of neighbors intends to enroll collaborators from a wealth of city, state, and national organizations that are committed to supporting nature and blending nature into the urban experience. Contact: Don Phillips at

About Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden

Open kitchen sculpture garden is a visionary project that uses a fundamental need such as food as a means to initiate a collective and communal experience. Contact: Donna Sellinger at

About Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA)
The NLNA represents approximately 6,500 neighborhood residents and more than 150 local businesses. Our mission is to provide services and programs beneficial to everyone residing and doing business in the neighborhood, encourage and promote the preservation and beautification of our public spaces, and plan and monitor the growth and development of our neighborhood to the benefit of the community. Contact: Don Phillips at

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