Foundation / Corporation
Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)
Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, universities, local government authorities, and business investment companies to encourage small business development across the County. Funding is intended to help create new jobs, improve employee retention, initiate and expand Beehives on campuses and in other institutions, and assist entrepreneurs in launching and expanding businesses.
The facilities and activities funded must strive to benefit and focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business-based economic development in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
ECGRA’s strategic plan calls on investment in small business development as a key strategy in community revitalization. Beehive* funding is designed to catalyze 501c3, nonprofit organizations such as universities 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. Beehive applicants should leverage their institutional size and scale to provide entrepreneurs with products and services that are needed to grow the Erie County economy. The institution applying for the Beehive grant should access these funds to help fulfill its mission of regional economic development. (Beehives are not intended to compete with the services offered by the private sector. They are led by mission-driven nonprofits that have discovered a gap in the current system of offerings to entrepreneurs.)
The purpose of the Ignite Erie Beehive Grant of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) is to spur small business development, build collaboration for business acceleration, and offer a broader spectrum of financing products for starting, growing, and reinventing small business.
The goals of the Beehive grants are to:
- Create and retain jobs by supporting local entrepreneurs/industry through innovation.
- Provide institutions like universities the seed funding to launch and/or expand the services, equipment, and talent necessary to establish a Beehive on their respective campus.
- Continue the industry-university engagement that was started by the Ignite Erie collaborative in 2015.
- Further engage the universities of Erie County and other institutions in providing services necessary to assist entrepreneurs/industry in starting new businesses and expanding existing businesses.
The following are eligible uses of funds:
- Contracted Services
- Professional Consultants
- Outcomes/Measurement & Tracking
*Beehives are physical, innovation spaces on a university campus or in a publicly accessible facility. They provide equipment, talent, and opportunities for collaboration between institutions and entrepreneurs. The substance of a Beehive is the student-driven interactions that take place between the entrepreneur and university or other institution. Students must be properly matched with the entrepreneur to solve the problem at hand. Those problems include prototype and product development, branding and communications, business intelligence and modeling, market analysis, cybersecurity, engineering, and information technology.
GrantWatch ID#: 150887
A maximum of $250,000 over a total of three years; there is no minimum.
Grant contracts will run 3 years with the option to extend 1 year. One option to extend the terms of the contract for a period of 1 year may be permitted by ECGRA.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ecgra
For Program inquiries, contact:
ECGRA Grants Manager
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