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.

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.

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.


An impact investing organization, ECGRA's mission is to empower the nonrpofit 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.