Beehive Grant

Open: July 19, 2018  •  Close: September 27, 2018

Beehive funding is designed to catalyze 501(c)3, nonprofit organizations such as univerisities 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.

Mission Main Street Grants

Open: August 16, 2018  •  Close: February 15, 2019  •  Awarded: March 14, 2019

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.

Special Events Grants

Open: January 17, 2019  •  Close: February 21, 2019  •  Awarded: March 21, 2019

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.

Community Assets Grants

Open: June 29, 2018  •  Close: August 31, 2018  •  Awarded: September 20, 2018

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

A maximum of $1million to be granted in the 2018 funding cycle.

Renaissance Block

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: March 22, 2018  •  Close: June 1, 2018  •  Awarded: June 21, 2018


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: March 22, 2018  •  Close: May 24, 2018  •  Awarded: June 21, 2018

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.

Venture Investment

Open: April 19, 2018  •  Close: June 29, 2018  •  Awarded: July 19, 2018

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

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.