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Up to $12,000 awarded per municipality or nonprofit; a maximum of $150,000 to be granted in the 2016 funding cycle.
ECGRA meets needs in Erie County’s human services sector through a thriving collaboration with The Erie Community Foundation. Helping Today grants are used by nonprofit organizations for basic needs and innovative projects including capital projects, technology upgrades, and program improvements. To learn more or apply for the quarterly grants, visit The Erie Community Foundation.
In early 2014 and in light of Erie’s poverty statistics, ECGRA assessed the health and stability of Erie County’s 13 public school district foundations. While some of the foundations were growing steadily, most lacked the knowledge, tools, and/or human resources to raise funds. After a series of meetings and surveys, ECGRA began empowering all 13 of the school district foundations to build capacity and raise money for the sake of their nearly 40,000 students.
Ignite Erie™ officially kicked off in November 2013 when ECGRA and 26 leading agencies and businesses brought together more than 350 entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers, subject-matter experts, and elected officials to discuss the future of inner-city investment and innovation-based economic development.
In 2011, ECGRA named and made its initial investments in the Erie County Lead Assets—nine place-shaping culture-, heritage-, and recreation-based nonprofits: Erie Art Museum, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie County Historical Society, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Playhouse, Erie Zoological Society, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Flagship Niagara League, and the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture.