Community Assets Grants

Arts-, culture-, entertainment-, heritage-, and recreation-based nonprofits that improve Erie's economy and quality-of-place.

Up to $12,000 awarded per municipality or nonprofit; a maximum of $150,000 to be granted in the 2016 funding cycle.

Special Events Grants

Open: January 19, 2018  •  Close: February 28, 2018  •  Awarded: March 15, 2018

Special events promote a sense of community and inclusiveness, and often generate an influx of dollars from outside Erie County resulting in local economic growth and improved quality of place for Erie residents.

Mission Main Street Grants

Open: October 16, 2017  •  Close: December 1, 2017  •  Awarded: January 11, 2018

For organizations dedicated to the revitalization of a main street or commercial corridor.

Up to $15,000 awarded per municipality or nonprofit; a maximum of $150,000 to be granted in the 2016 funding cycle.

Multi-Municipal Collaboration Grants


The Multi-Municipal Collaboration Grants were launched in 2012 to catalyze functional cooperation among Erie County’s 38 municipalities and to support economic growth and vibrancy in the community.

Human Services Grants

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.

School District Endowment Foundation Challenge

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

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.

Lead Assets

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 PhilharmonicErie PlayhouseErie Zoological SocietyexpERIEnce Children’s MuseumFlagship Niagara League, and the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture.

Local Government Development

In December 2010, ECGRA entered into an agreement with the six municipalities contiguous to Presque Isle Downs and Casino: Greene, McKean, Millcreek, Summit, and Waterford townships, and Erie County.