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Special Events Grants

Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits and
Municipalities for Events that Promote Economic Development

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

Deadline Date:

02/28/19 Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Erie County, Pennsylvania nonprofits and municipalities for events that impact the quality of place and foster local economic development. Funding is intended for events open to the general public that promote the region economically and culturally.

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. As part of a strategy to strengthen the economy, special events help increase our ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce, spur investments from the private sector, stabilize land and housing prices, and increase civic pride.

Grantees must demonstrate how their event(s) creates a targeted economic impact on Erie County by attracting attendance to the region and impacting local quality of place.

Impact Area: Quality of Place:
To promote well-being, foster civic pride, drive tourism, and attract, retain, and mobilize creative talent and innovative businesses through cultural, heritage, service, and recreational organizations and projects.

Eligible uses of grant funds:
- Marketing and promotion
- Facility expense
- Event Insurance
- Equipment and supplies
- Contracted and professional services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165945

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant available under the Special Events Grant Program is $20,000 (or a maximum of 5% of the event budget).

Term of Contract:

Grant contracts for Special Events Grant Program funding shall be for a period of 12 months, retroactive to January 1, 2019. One (1) option to extend the terms of the contract for a period of six (6) months may be granted by ECGRA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicant is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3), a municipal authority, or a municipality.
- Applicant’s headquarters and event are located and take place in Erie County.
- Applicant is in good standing with the IRS and state and local taxing bodies.
- Applicant is in good standing with ECGRA’s reporting requirements to date.
- Applicant is current on payment of any mandated workers compensation.
- Applicant is current on payment of unemployment or other required employee-related insurances.
- Applicant’s event is open to the general public.

For lists of Ineligible Organizations and Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds, see the Guidelines document:

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Grant Schedule
- Thursday, December 20, 2018 – ECGRA releases the Special Events Grant Application and Guidelines.
- Thursday, February 28, 2019 – Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- Thursday, March 14, 2018 – ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and approve funding recommendations.
- Friday, April 5, 2019 - last day to submit signed agreement letter online.
- Friday, February 7, 2020 - last day to submit a closeout report online.

Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match. The following are generally considered cash-match contributions:
- Cash contributed by your organization
- Equipment or supplies to be purchased by your organization for event activities
- Paying for an event brochure and/or its dissemination
- Grants from other government agencies or foundations (not gaming funds)

The following are generally considered in-kind contributions:
- Personnel time given to the project
- Person on loan from another organization
- Use of existing equipment or supplies
- Use of existing laboratory equipment or facilities
- Waived or unrecovered indirect cost amount
- Office space

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Program inquiries should be directed to:
Tom Maggio, ECGRA Grants Manager
(814) 897-2694

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County