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Special Events Grants

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Municipalities
in Eligible Areas to Promote Economic Development

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

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02/28/21 Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofits and municipalities in eligible areas for events that impact the local quality of life and promote economic development. Funding is intended for events that are open to the public, advance the region economically and culturally, and take place in Erie County. Grantees must demonstrate how their event creates a targeted economic impact on Erie County by attracting attendance to the region and impacting the local quality of place.

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 the ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce, spur investments from the private sector, stabilize land and housing prices, and increase civic pride.

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, 2021. 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:

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization, municipality, or authority headquartered in Erie County.

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.

Ineligible Organizations
- An airport or transportation facility.
- A healthcare or long-term care facility.
- A public safety organization or facility, including volunteer fire departments.
- An institution that predominantly provides primary or secondary education/training.
- Any organization that was part of the settlement agreement with ECGRA, entered 12/13/2010.

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

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Grant Schedule
- January 1, 2021: Application process opens
- February 28, 2021: Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- March 18, 2021: ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and approve funding recommendations.
- April 2, 2021: Last day to submit signed agreement letter online.
- February 1, 2022: Last day to submit a closeout report online.

Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match. For further information please see:

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

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