Thursday, June 23, 2022

SOSNA Newsletter


JUNE 23 2022


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The summer is off to a great start and we congratulate all the neighborhood kids who had commencements and graduations, way to go on a successful school year! 

The SOSNA Impact Committee (previously known as the Community Impact Committee) awarded 2 Michelle Cutner Awards this year to local elementary students.  A huge congratulations to Foster Garonzik from Chester Arthur, and Sianna Reid from E. Stanton, on an outstanding academic year and for going above and beyond for your classmates!  Nominations open every spring for the Michelle Cutner Award so keep an eye out for that next year if there's a student you'd like to nominate.

Our committees continue to meet, and are starting to host in-person monthly meetings at the SOSNA office.  We are so excited to see the space finally getting used as a community gathering spot!  

Our collaboration with the STREAM Engine and the 1901 Co-working Space has been a wonderful partnership at the office space on Washington Ave.  This weekend there will be an improv show (Friday), an improv comedy workshop (Saturday daytime) and a comedy show (Saturday night); information for all events can be found below.  If you have an event or meeting you'd like to host at the space, please email Brandon Washington at

Please read on for more information on upcoming community events, meetings, and a number of funding opportunities for individuals, businesses, non-profits and more.

Thank y'all for your support and dedication to this neighborhood and our community!

-SOSNA board

Friday, June 24, 2022:  Trap Improv Show

Doors:  7:30pm
Show:  8:00pm

1901 Co-working Space
1901 Washington Ave., Unit B (entrance is the metal stairs on 19th)

Hosted by local Philadelphians Marcely and Cab Washington and their Runnin' Late comedy team, come out on Friday night for a trap-inspired improv show!

BYOB.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
Saturday, June 25, 2022:  12-2pm Intro to Improv Comedy Workshop

1901 Co-working Space
1901 Washington Ave., Unit B (entrance is the metal stairs on 19th)

Join local Philadelphian Marcely to hone your improv skills at his Intro to Improv Workshop!  All skill levels welcome.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Saturday, June 25, 2022:  Runnin' Late Comedy Show
Doors:  7:30pm
Show:  8:00pm

1901 Co-working Space
1901 Washington Ave., Unit B (entrance is the metal stairs on 19th)

Local Philadelphians Marcely and Cab Washington are bringing their Runnin' Late Comedy Show to our neighborhood on Saturday night!  The show is BYOB so bring your favorite beverages and get ready to laugh all evening long!  Tickets are $15 can be purchased at the door.
Find the hosts on Instagram! 
Marcely (@MJeanious)
Cab Washington (@cab_washington)
Sunday, June 26, 2022:  SOSNA Plant Swap

Carpenter Green Park
17th & Carpenter Streets

Bring your favorite pest-free cuttings and swap them with your neighbors for a free and fun way to enhance your plant collection.  We hope to see you there!

Hosted by the SOSNA Impact Committee


Open date:  Wednesday June 29, 2022


Open date:  Week of July 4, 2022

To find the full schedule of Philly Public Pool open dates, please click here.

Ongoing events

Summer Music Series at the Triangle:  Thursday nights, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: The Triangle at 23rd and South Streets

Please note:  all shows that are rained out will be rescheduled for later in the season, according to musician availability.



Saturday, July 2, 2022
Starting Point:  20th & Wharton Streets

Join community members on July 2nd to walk in solidarity against gun violence and to celebrate peace and the lives of those we have lost to gun violence.
All are welcome!


A Community Thrives

Deadline: June 30, 2022

A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowdfunding program of USA TODAY NETWORK with funding from the Gannett Foundation, invests in community-building initiatives across the country. The program is a way to share community improvement ideas on the national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and get a chance at receiving a portion of an additional $2,000,000 in grants to help projects succeed. During the campaign, nonprofit organizations have the chance to raise funds for their charities on their official A Community Thrives challenge page. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the Gannett Foundation will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 to selected organizations. Nonprofit organizations and municipal programs such as libraries and schools are encouraged to apply. 

Grant info can be found here.

Criminal Justice Microgrant Fund

Deadline:  July 1, 2022

The Criminal Justice Microgrant Fund provides resources to community-based organizations doing innovative work on criminal justice reform. This work must further the goals of the City’s participation in the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge. The fund is a collaboration between the City and its criminal justice and community partners.

The fund aims to support projects that:

  • Develop new and creative approaches to criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.
  • Engage communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system in the reform effort.
  • Provide services to individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Are BIPOC-led organizations seeking general operating support.
Grant info can be found here.

Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative

Deadline: July 15, 2022

The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative is a statewide public-private financing program administered by The Food Trust that helps business owners open or expand healthy grocery outlets in communities throughout the commonwealth.

The program provides one-time grants and loans to nonprofit, for-profit and cooperative food businesses that help increase access to healthy, affordable food and improve economic opportunities for low- to moderate-income residents of urban, suburban and rural areas of Pennsylvania. Most projects qualify for up to $50,000 in funding, and high-impact projects can qualify for up to $150,000.

Grant info can be found here.

Philly Playstreets

Deadline:  ongoing throughout the summer

More than 50 years ago, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation started Playstreets. This program closes designated streets to traffic so that kids have a safe place to play when school is out. A key feature of the program are the nutritious meals and snacks provided to children. This is important during the summer months when school meals are not available.

Grant info can be found here.

Everytown for Gun Safety:  New Federal Grants Resouce

This new resource from Everytown for Gun Safety provides a list of federal funding opportunities that can be used to fund violence intervention programs to reduce gun violence and build safe, resilient communities. The page sorts opportunities by the type of violence intervention program offered.

Visit the resource page here.

PA 30 Day Fund

Deadline:  December 31, 2023

The nonprofit Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans up to $3,000 to small businesses in need.

Pennsylvania businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are:
- For-profit small businesses that employ three to 30 people;
- Based in Pennsylvania and have been operating for at least one year;
- Owned and operated by a Pennsylvania resident.

The funds dispersed to small businesses by the Pennsylvania 30 Day fund do not need to be repaid.

Grant info can be found here.

Business Security Camera Program

Deadline:  ongoing/rolling

The Business Security Camera Program encourages businesses to install external cameras on commercial properties. The program seeks to increase safety for shoppers, residents, and employees.

Participants can receive:

  • Up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs.
  • Up to $3,000 for a single commercial property.
More info can be found here.

Low-Income Housing Water Assistance Program

Deadline:  rolling, until funds run out

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new, temporary assistance program created by the American Rescue Plan Act. LIHWAP can help households that are in emergency situations maintain essential water access. Crisis situations include:

  • Past-due water bills;
  • Termination of water service; or,
  • Threat of termination of water service in the next 60 days.
  • To qualify, applicants must meet income requirements and have a crisis situation with water service.
Learn more here.

Verizon Small Business Grant

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Digital Ready is Verizon’s online curriculum designed to give small businesses like many the personalized tools to succeed in today's digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, access grant opportunities throughout the year and more—it's all here, and it’s all part of our goal to provide resources to help one million small businesses thrive in the digital economy.

The program includes free personalized content, coaching, networking, and more, and all the online tools are in one place, so it’s easy to use. Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll answer a series of questions about your business and your specific needs and interests. Based on your answers, Verizon and its partners will personalize a learning dashboard with content to match those needs.
  • You’ll have access to short online “learning modules,” created by actual small business owners that are targeted to the topics most important to your business right now.
Learn more here.

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Check the SOSNA Events Calendar for meeting dates and times.

*Only the Zoning Committee has a set number of members which are appointed by the SOSNA Board of Directors. 


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