Penn Treaty Special Services District To Award
Over $84,000 In Grants And Sponsorships in May 2018

PHILADELPHIA – May 9, 2018  – Penn Treaty Special Services District (Penn Treaty SSD) is proud to announce the following Grants and Sponsorships to be awarded at our next meeting on May 16, 2018:

  1. LaSalle Academy — $25,385 to re-point and repair the brick and brownstone on the front façade of the  main building.
  2. Sister Cities Girlchoir – $25,000 to support the 2018/19 season of the Saturday Girlchoir Academy, a 32-week choral training and character-building program run out of the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington in Fishtown.
  3. Northern Liberties Neighbors Association – $20,000 to fabricate and install a fence along the southern perimeter of the new neighborhood pocket park and garden, adjacent to the Community Center. The construction of the fence will complete the development of this new community outdoor gathering space, which was also funded with a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District.
  4. 954 Dance Movement Collective / New York Live Arts – $3,275 for the 2018 World Dance Day at Liberty Lands Park on April 29.
  5. The Halide Project – $3,500 to support Second Nature, a free, educational photography exhibition April 6ththrough May 12th, 2018.
  6. Portside Arts – $3,500 to help finance 2018 Summer Camp activities for youth 4-12 years old.
  7. Laurentius School – $3,500 for the 2018 Fishtown 5K Run fundraiser on April 28.


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 LaSalle Academy
La Salle Academy of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an independent Catholic grade school owned by the Board of Trustees and conducted in the traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of Saint Joseph.In the tradition of these communities, La Salle Academy is dedicated to educating children in grades 3 through 8 whose potential is limited by financial, social, academic, or emotional challenges, and whose parents and guardians desire, but can not afford, a Catholic education. Contact: Megan Thomson at

AboutSister Cities Girlchoir
Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) empowers girls by building resilience, leadership, mastery and connection through a comprehensive choral training academy that invests in the unique potential of adolescent girls to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and transform their communities.  The program is research-based, and although a music program is an uncommon girl empowerment tool, SCG is modeled on the powerful impact that investments in the lives of girls make for a city block, a neighborhood, a city….for the world.Contact: Alysia Lee 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: Matt Ruben at

About954 Dance Collective Movement
OUR MISSION – To get you dancing.  To feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, who make dances and teach dance.  To explore opportunities for healing dance practices.  To build community through dance. To get people of all ages dancing – from kids to kids at heart. To support the creation & enjoyment of the moving arts & theater in the Greater Philadelphia community. Contact: Keila Cordova at

About The Halide Project
The Halide Project was founded in Philadelphia in 2015 to promote the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative process photography. We serve the analog photo community through special exhibitions, workshops, online resources, and now—as we make our home in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia—a photographic equipment lending library and community darkroom. Additional plans for the future include a city-wide photo festival, residency program for film photography, and a mobile darkroom for community outreach. Contact: Frank C. Barbella at

About Portside Arts
Portside Arts Center is a creative hub for community members to increase their access to the arts. Through dynamic arts programing, Portside empowers the children and adults of the community with opportunities to develop their artistic abilities, awaken the imagination, and build self-esteem and confidence.  Contact: Jenna Wilchinsky 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 lifelong learners in a global society. Contact: A.J. Thomson at


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