Penn Treaty SSD Announces Grants And Sponsorships
Of Over $111,500 To Be Awarded In November

PHILADELPHIA – OCTOBER 2019– Penn Treaty Special Services District is proud to announce the following Grants and Sponsorships approved at the Wednesday, October 16, 2019 meeting:

  1. Northern Liberties Business Improvement District – $42,810 to support the following:
    • Programs to distribute trash cans with creative lids, matching grants for sidewalk repairs, creation of a BID
    • A District Brochure, Second Saturday events and a directional signage study for visitors of the neighborhood.
  1. Palmer Cemetery — $35,871 to support the costs of tree maintenance, gate repair, the addition of bolsters to the existing fence, and a laptop
  2. Vetri Foundation For Children — $17,000 to support the costs of the 2019/2020 Mobil Teaching Kitchen program at Adaire and Hackett Elementary Schools, Penn Treaty High School, Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, and many other local schools and events
  3. Friends of Hackett — $3,500 to support the Third Annual Block Party fundraiser on September 7, 2019
  4. The Halide Project — $2,390 to support the Members Exhibitfrom Oct 5 to Nov 9, 2019
  5. The Halide Project — $1,290 to support the Living ImageExhibitfrom Dec 7 to Jan 26, 2020
  6. Laurentius School — $3,175 to support the costs of a fieldtrip for all grades to see a performance by the Pushcart Players on January 30, 2020
  7. Philly Tree People — $3,360 to support tree tending workshops, pruning, planting 50 trees and outreach
  8. Fishtown Neighbors Association — $2,175to support theFall Festival on October 26

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 Northern Liberties Business Improvement District
The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District was formed in 2018 to provide supplements to the municipal services of the City of Philadelphia; maintain a safe, clean and vibrant commercial district for the benefit of the residents, users, and owners within  the district, and to citizens of Philadelphia and the region; to create opportunities for the business and residential communities to come together to make improvements to the district; and develop and implement programs and services that ensure that Northern Liberties continues to be a desirable place to live, work, shop, invest and visit. Contact: Kristine Kennedy at


About Palmer Cemetery
Fishtown’s historic Palmer Cemetery, a Philadelphia Historic Commission Landmark was trusted to the community of Kensington in 1765 by the family of Anthony Palmer, the founder of Kensington. This cemetery is home to a great deal of history going as far back as the founding of our country, and you can read about that history here. Our mission is to maintain and improve these burial grounds so that Palmer Cemetery will forever survive as a memorial to the people of our community, Fishtown. Contact: Jim Kingsmill at

About Vetri Foundation For Children
Children who have healthy bodies and healthy minds have the opportunity to create healthy lives for themselves. We envision healthier children with fewer obesity-related health issues who become empowered adults who can then pass nutritional eating habits onto their children. We’re committed to breaking the cycle of poor eating habits passed down from generation to generation. Our mission has been to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living, Vetri Community Partnership empowers children and families to lead healthier lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. Contact: Genevieve Lynch at

AboutFriends of Hackett School
Friends of Hackett is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit group and is part of the 19125 Parents Coalition, a cross-neighborhood approach to improving educational and play opportunities for children in the neighborhoods within the 19125 zip code (Fishtown, East Kensington, and Olde Richmond). Contact: Mike Conway, Treasurer 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: Susan Stromquist at

About St. Laurentius School
St. Laurentius School serves the children who are entrusted to our care by proclaiming and teaching the Catholic faith while providing a challenging academic education.  Utilizing a variety of resources, we provide opportunities for personal formation in a safe and caring environment that encourages the growth of future life-long learners in a global society. Contact: Elaine McKnight at

About Philly Tree People
Philly Tree People (PTP) is a volunteer operated neighborhood-based non-profit organization dedicated to organizing tree plantings and maintaining the health of the urban forest in 19125 and 19134. PTP’s volunteers have taken the free Tree Tenders Training through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). Philly Tree People is dedicated to helping people get trees, and maintaining those trees. Contact: Nykia Perez Kibler at

About the Fishtown Neighbors Association
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: Katherine Clayton at

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