The Gamma Tetarton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa was founded at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1950. In 2011, our chapter moved into the Saint Francis De Sales Parish on 316 Congress Street.
The church was originally built in 1876 and closed in 2009. The church and neighboring rectory
now house the chapter’s twenty undergraduate members.
Following our cardinal principles to Promote Brotherhood, to Stimulate Scholarship, and to Develop Character,
our chapter has become a prominent member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Mt. Ida communitiy.
Out of 30 fraternal organizations on campus, we have achieved the highest
average member GPA over the last three semesters. In 2014, we implemented our microgrant program
to service our local community.
Mount Ida Microgrant Program
As neighbors dedicated to the growth, improvement and future of the Mt. Ida community, Phi Sigma
Kappa Fraternity at RPI is sponsoring a $50,000 grant program to improve the “quality of life” in the
Mt. Ida neighborhood. Home-owners, landlords, business owners and not-for-profits, will be eligible to
apply for a grant up to the amount of $1,000 for the purpose of:
- Home Improvement / Historic Restoration
- Neighborhood Beautification Projects
- Maintaining Community Parks and Green Spaces
- Not-for-profit programs which service residents of the neighborhood
Any of the following individuals, businesses, or organizations who live and/or work in or near the Mt Ida micro grant target area (see map below)
are eligible to apply. Although not shown on the map, Mt Ida Cemetery is included in the target area.
- Home-owners (1, 2, or 3 unit owner occupied building)
- Business Owners (Merchants, restaurants, professional offices)
- Land-lords (non-owner occupied or owner occupied building with 4 or more units)
- Churches and Not-for-Profits
The maximum grant award to any Individual, business or organization is $1,000. Applicant funding
requests will be as follows:
- Home-owners: up to $1,000
- Business Owners: 50% match up to $1,000
- Land-lords: 50% match up to $1,000
- Churches and Not-for-Profits: up to $1,000
The money has to be used on projects or programs that improve the quality of life in the Mt Ida
Neighborhood. Here are some projects/programs that qualify:
- Exterior Home Repair - Painting, Siding, Window Replacement, Roof Repair, Masonry repair,
sidewalk improvements, etc.
- Interior Home Repair - Painting, Energy improvements, Insulation, code compliant repairs,
- Street scape/Green space improvements – Flowers, Planters, Garbage Cans, Public Murals,
Improved Signage, etc.
- Social Programs - Food pantries, After school programs, Substance abuse programs,
Neighborhood watch, etc.
The full program details can be found here: Download Link.
Application can be downloaded here: Download Link.