Community Trust Board
Each EZ has a Community Trust Boards (CTB). The CTBs consist of residents, business owners, and other experts and act as advisory boards on behalf of their respective neighborhoods to the City of Philadelphia. CTBs set funding priorities within an Empowerment Zone.
Neighborhood Funding Stream Program
In 2004 the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone created a project called the Neighborhood Funding Stream (NFS), a community endowment that makes annual grants in each PEZ neighborhood. Today, the Department of Commerce continues to manage programs funded by the NFS with the advisement of the Community Trust Boards. To date, the Neighborhood Funding Stream has approximately $24 million and invests 5% annually through economic development grants to the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone neighborhoods.
The grants fund activities and initiatives such as:
- Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy
- Workforce Development and Job Training
- Commercial Development
- Business Technical Assistance
- Commercial Corridor Revitalization
Funding Opportunities by ZoneAmerican Street Empowerment Zone
Periodically, the American Street Empowerment Zone CTB designates funds for non-profits and businesses within the Zone in the form of grants for activities and initiatives listed above. The following links provide more information on current opportunities for non-profits, businesses, and interested residents.
For non-profits (within or serving residents within the ASEZ):
- Emergency Agency Assistance Grants
- Beautification and Public Art Grants
For businesses:North Central Empowerment Zone
Grant funds pending allocation. West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone
Grant funds pending allocation.
Interested in joining the Community Trust Board of these Empowerment Zones? Fill out an application and submit it to email@example.com or mail to:
One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street – 12th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102 Community Trust Board Application