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Community Assets Grant Program - Arts, Culture, and Heritage

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Municipalities
for Heritage, Culture, and Arts Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

Deadline Date:

08/31/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and municipalities to support programming related to heritage, culture, and the arts in eligible locations. Funding is intended for programs and projects that serve the general public and are open and accessible to the public. The programs supports capital improvements and arts, culture, and heritage programs that benefit the residents of Erie County.

Arts, culture, and heritage organizations enrich the lives of residents, protect resources, and add a dimension to quality of life through performances, interpretation, preservation, and creation of new works. ECGRA’s investment in arts, culture, and heritage encourages entrepreneurs and innovation, enables communities to engage in creative placemaking, plays an integral role in attracting new residents and businesses by elevating the quality of life, and protects what is unique to Erie County.

Eligible Uses of Funds

  • Personnel (15% maximum of the amount requested from ECGRA)
  • Marketing
  • Facility expense related to the project
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Contracted services
  • Construction (see Appendix of the attached Guidelines PDF for policy on Prevailing Wage)
  • Outcomes measurement

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165946

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum of $15,000 per application.

Term of Contract:

Grant contracts for Community Assets Grants funding shall be for a period of 12 months. 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 requirements:
- Applicant is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3), municipal authority, or a municipality
- Applicant’s headquarters is located 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, payment of unemployment or other required employee related insurances, and real estate taxes
- Applicant is making sole request on behalf of organization
- Applicant will be the recipient of the grant. Pass through grants are not permissible.
- Only one application per entity, per project, per funding cycle will be accepted.
- Applicant must either own or lease property to be improved. Non-profit groups may complete projects on property owned by local government with an executed agreement authorized by the governing body of a municipality, municipal authority, or county.

Ineligible Organizations:
- A state or federal park
- An airport or transportation facility
- A public safety organization/facility or volunteer fire department
- An institution that predominantly provides primary or secondary education/training
- Any organization that was part of the settlement agreement with ECGRA, entered into 12/13/10

Ineligible Uses of Funds:
- Personnel
- Advocacy
- Conference attendance
- Construction
- Debt service
- Travel
- Golf/sports tournaments
- Walks
- Memberships/subscriptions
- Research
- Awards
- Meals
- Flowers
- Food/drink
- Executive/Board Insurance
- Personal cell phone
- Gifts

Pre-Application Information:

- April 20, 2020 – Grant application period begins
- August 31, 2020 – Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- September 17, 2020 – ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and
approve funding recommendations.

Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match. Existence of an endowment does not count toward match. Fundraising for a previous year’s project, programming, or event does not count toward match. For details, 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:

Tom Maggio, ECGRA Grants Manager
(814) 897-2694

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority
5340 Fryling Road, Suite 201
Erie, PA 16510

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USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County

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