Community Assets - Arts, Culture, & Heritage

Open: February 2, 2024  •  Close: April 30, 2024  •  Awarded: May 16, 2024

To provide capital and program funding for arts, culture, and heritage organizations.

Renaissance Block

Open: February 14, 2024  •  Close: April 30, 2024  •  Awarded: May 15, 2024

The Erie County Renaissance Block Program was established in 2018 as a financial incentive-based program designed to address and reverse housing blight in Erie County.



Multi-Municipal Collaboration Grants

Open: February 10, 2024  •  Close: May 30, 2024  •  Awarded: June 20, 2024


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.

Anchor Building Program

Open: May 3, 2024  •  Close: July 31, 2024  •  Awarded: August 15, 2024

The Anchor Building Grant Program was established in 2018 as an adaptive re-use funding program to strengthen the community, its neighborhoods, and commercial districts.

Community Assets - Parks, Fields, & Trails

Open: July 8, 2024  •  Close: October 31, 2024  •  Awarded: November 21, 2024

To provide funding for capital projects to create, protect, or improve publicly accessible parks, athletic fields, and trails throughout Erie County.

Community Assets - Community Centers

Open: August 5, 2024  •  Close: November 29, 2024  •  Awarded: December 12, 2024

To provide funding for capital improvements, programming, and equipment for publicly accessible community centers.

Mission Main Street Grants

Open: October 1, 2023  •  Close: December 31, 2023  •  Awarded: January 18, 2024

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

Up to $10,000 awarded per planning grant; up to $250,000 awarded per implementation grant; a maximum of $2,500,000 to be granted in the

2018 - 2021 funding cycle.

Building a Better Future

Open: April 26, 2022  •  Close: June 30, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) pf 2021 is a federal relief package providing $1.9 trillion in funding, program changes, and tax policies aimed at mitigating the continuing effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Beehive Grant

Beehive funding is designed to catalyze 501(c)3, nonprofit organizations such as universities to participate in the economic development system of Erie County.  Beehive grants provide vital matching funds to encourage the development of entrepreneurial support services at local institutions that have this purpose in their mission.

Venture Investment

ECGRA's vision is to elevate Erie County by making investments within Erie County that spur the economy and strengthen the community.

Special Events Grants

Open: January 1, 2024  •  Close: February 29, 2024  •  Awarded: March 21, 2024

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.

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.