Penn Treaty SSD Taking Applications for Casino Funds

The Penn Treaty Special Services District - a non-profit set up by two Fishtown-based groups to receive and distribute money from SugarHouse casino - is now accepting applications for grants.

The five-member board, which currently includes three Fishtown residents and two Northern Liberties residents, meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30-9PM (starting tomorrow the 20th at Liberties Bar, 705 N. 2nd St.) and will hear from five applicants at each meeting.

Interested groups need to first fill out an application form. We've uploaded the form to the NLNA's Web site; you can download it from our home page at The SSD accepts applications from organizations doing work in Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and parts of Port Richmond. If your group is not a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, you may need a fiscal sponsor. Please feel free to contact the NLNA if you would like us to consider serving as your group's fiscal sponsor.

Currently it is not clear where to deliver your application after it's been filled out. For your convenience, please feel free to email it to the NLNA (), or to hand-deliver it to our office (3rd & Fairmount), and we will get it to the SSD. Or, you can call SSD President Joe Rafter at 267-251-2704 and ask him for instructions on handing in the application.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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