Community Assets Grants

Open: July 19, 2018  •  Close: August 31, 2018  •  Awarded: September 20, 2018

Community Assets Grants are awarded to arts-, culture-, heritage-, entertainment-, and recreation-based organizations that can demonstrate how their project, programming, or event drives tourism and improves quality of place in Erie County.  

By attracting tourists, Community Assets catalyze an influx of dollars from outside the county. Community Assets also improve the quality of place, thereby increasing Erie’s chances of attracting and retaining skilled workers. The long-term effects are measured in jobs created, dollars invested from the private sector, stabilized land and housing prices, and increased civic pride.

Eligibility for Community Assets Grants requires that applicants be a 501c3 organization or municipality headquartered in Erie County. The project, programming, or event for which the grant monies will be used must be completed within 12 months of receiving funding. Applicants must also provide a 1:1 cash match. See current grant guidelines for further details.

Up to $12,000 awarded per municipality or nonprofit; a maximum of $150,000 to be granted in the 2016 funding cycle. 


  • A 501c3
  • Headquartered in Erie County
  • A 1-to-1 cash match
Community Assets Grant Resources