Erie County Response Fund: Immediate Human Relief

Open: March 19, 2020

The Erie County Response Fund will include a new grant program and two new loan programs created to help meet rapidly rising needs generated as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Multi-Municipal Collaboration Grants

Open: January 3, 2020  •  Close: September 30, 2020  •  Awarded: October 15, 2020


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.

Mission Main Street Grants

Open: August 16, 2018  •  Close: July 19, 2019  •  Awarded: August 19, 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.

Renaissance Block

Open: January 3, 2021  •  Close: March 31, 2021  •  Awarded: April 20, 2021

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.



Anchor Building Program

Open: February 1, 2020  •  Close: May 30, 2020  •  Awarded: June 18, 2020

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 - Arts, Culture, & Heritage

Open: April 21, 2020  •  Close: August 31, 2020  •  Awarded: September 17, 2020

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

Community Assets - Parks, Fields, & Trails

Open: July 1, 2019  •  Close: November 15, 2019  •  Awarded: December 12, 2019

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: October 1, 2020  •  Close: October 30, 2020  •  Awarded: November 19, 2020

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

Beehive Grant

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.

Venture Investment

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.

Special Events Grants

Open: January 3, 2021  •  Close: February 28, 2021  •  Awarded: March 18, 2021

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.