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. In the creation of the grant requirements, ECGRA Executive Director Perry Wood worked closely with leaders from councils of governments, county authorities, and intergovernmental associations to educate them about the grant and to help coordinate the provisioning of services. The outcome: ECGRA initially invested a total of $346,648 among 28 municipalities and seven authorities, nonprofits, and intergovernmental agencies that now creatively cooperate and coordinate with one another on projects, including technology implementation, composting and recycling upgrades, structural and public safety improvements, and historic preservation.  

Designed to catalyze functional cooperation among Erie County's 38 municipalities.

Up to $100,000 awarded per application.  Current grant cycle is on a rolling basis, with award dates determined by date of submission.

Eligibility Criteria for Primary Applicant & Collaborating Entity(ies)

  • A 501c3, municipality, or authority
  • A minimum of two municipalities collaborating in the project
  • Headquartered in Erie County
  • A 1-to-1 cash match

Learn how ECGRA’s investments support local government. Watch our storytelling series, “ECGRA Grant Money at Work: The Faces Behind the Funds.”

Multi-Municipal Collaboration Resources


An impact investing organization , ECGRA's mission is to empower the nonprofit sector, municipal governments, and economic development agencies to revitalize Erie County.  ECGRA is endowed with local share gaming revenue from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via the Horse Race Gaming Act.  Local share gaming revenue is an assessment of the licensed gambling industry in Pennsylvania.