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Shaping Tomorrow Grants - Transformational Philanthropy 2.0

Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits for Long-Term
Community Projects that Enhance the Quality of Life in the Area

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Erie Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania nonprofits for long-term projects that promote sustainable community development and enhance the quality of life in the area. Applicants must contact the funding source for a pre-application meeting. LOIs are due by March 15, 2018.

The Shaping Tomorrow grant program promotes continuous improvement in the quality of life in Erie County by investing in multi-year projects that offer a high probability of transformational and sustainable community change. Shaping tomorrow grants address critical needs through collaborative endeavors with measurable outcomes, based on data from Erie Vital Signs.

The Foundation will award up to ten $250,000 Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 grants to projects that (1) support one or more of the Foundation’s 2016 Shaping Tomorrow projects (Erie Community College, Innovation District, Neighborhood Revitalization and Community Schools); (2) are consistent with the priorities of Erie Refocused (the City’s comprehensive plan); and (3) must have solid evaluation and sustainability plans. Preference may be given to projects focused on downtown Erie and that can be measured by Erie Vital Signs.

Erie Vital Signs tracks indicators that measure the county’s well-being in the following topic areas:

- Cultural vitality
- Community and civic engagement
- Economy
- Regional Cooperation
- Health
- Environment
- Education

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152269

Number of Grants:

Up to 10

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 grants are multi-year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Erie Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Eligible nonprofits must be located within Erie County or demonstrate service to a majority of the population in Erie County. Eligible nonprofits may receive funding one time per grant program in a 12-month period.

If an applicant does not have its own 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the IRS, it may apply for a grant using a 501(c)3 organization as its fiscal sponsor, provided the grant furthers the sponsor’s own tax exempt purpose.

In general, grants are not made to:

- Individuals
- Scholarship Funds
- Fundraising Events
- Deficit Reduction
- Annual Operating Costs
- Government Funding Cuts
- Endowment Campaigns
- Municipal Capital Related Costs
- Sectarian Religious Activities
- Program Ads
- Reimbursements for Expenses Already Incurred

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 process is as follows:

1. Contact a member of the Community Impact staff to discuss your ideas in a pre-application meeting. This is a mandatory requirement.
2. Submit an online Letter of Interest (LOI) by March 15, 2018
3. Invitations will be extended to selected organizations upon review of the LOIs by The Erie Community Foundation's board
4. Complete grant applications are due by May 15, 2018
5. Grant awards are announced by June 15, 2018

The online grant application form must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Community Impact Team

George Espy, Vice President of Community Impact

Patrick Herr, Director of Community Impact

Rachel Cacchione, Community Impact Associate

459 West 6th St.
Erie, PA 16507

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County