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ECGRA Grants Drive Economic and Community Development Through Regional Events

Posted on March 16th, 2023 at 1:16 PM
ECGRA Grants Drive Economic and Community Development Through Regional Events

The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) awarded $211,997.18 for their 2023 Special Events Grants, which will be distributed to 49 Erie County nonprofits and municipalities.

"Since 2008, ECGRA has been committed to making transformative investments across Erie County - and through these special events we are igniting economic and community development," said Dr. Perry Wood, Executive Director, ECGRA.  "Every single one of these organizations help to foster civic pride by bringing out community together and driving Erie forward."

The Special Events Grants Program, which funds up to 5% of events that take place within Erie County, promote the region economically and culturally.  They are driving tourism, attracting talent to the region, and helping sustain Erie traditions that make Erie County a special place to visit and call home.

"As a nonprofit organization celebrating 110 years of serving the most vulnerable in our region, EHCA is grateful to all of our community partners for their role in our mission," said Samantha Giddings, Development Specialist, Erie Homes for Children and Adults (EHCA).  "And ECGRA is one of those caring partners that provide EHCA with funding opportunities to help us assist individuals with disabilities to live rich and fulfillig lives."

Click here to see the full list of 2023 Special Events Grants that were approved.


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.