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Community Assets Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits to Support Arts,
Culture, and Recreation Programs in Erie County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/31/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $12,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofits for programs that will enrich the quality of life for residents of Erie County. Funding is intended for the areas of arts, culture, and heritage; community centers; and parks, fields, and trails. Initiatives should aim to strengthen the economy and social fabric of the community.

The three areas of funding under the program are:
1.) Arts, Culture, and Heritage
2.) Parks, Fields, and Trails
3.) Community Centers

Arts, Culture, and Heritage
Purpose: To provide capital and program funding for arts, culture, and heritage organizations. Programs and projects must serve the general public and be open and accessible to the public. 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.

A maximum of $15,000 per application; overall $200,000 per grant cycle

Parks, Fields & Trails
Purpose: To provide funding for capital projects to create, protect, or improve publicly accessible parks, athletic fields, and trails throughout Erie County. Funding can also be used to increase or improve access to recreational facilities.

Erie County health assessments continue to show a decline in physical activity and an increase in preventable illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Investment in parks, fields, and trails can encourage healthy lifestyles, move towards equitable distribution of park opportunities, and even attract athletic competitions which enhance local tourism. Additionally, an investment in parks can help rejuvenate neighborhoods and Main Streets throughout Erie County.

- Athletic fields owned by school districts or universities are not eligible for funding.
- Purchase of maintenance equipment and vehicles are not eligible for funding.
- Projects exceeding $25,000 are subject to Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage Law.
- Construction of trails for motorized uses are not eligible.
- Project sponsors should discuss construction requirements such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with their local authorities. More information about the ADA can be found here: (

A maximum of $50,000 per application; overall $500,000 per grant cycle

Community Centers
Purpose: To provide funding for capital improvements, programming, and equipment for publicly accessible community centers. ECGRA considers community center as a neighborhood or community hub whose primary focus is social, educational, cultural, and/or recreational activities serving a particular segment of the community such as children or senior citizens.

Community centers in Erie County have provided residents with basic health and well-being needs, job training, mentoring, education, nutrition, and other benefits to a large cross-section of the community. Strategically located, community centers are vital to rural and urban areas alike.

A maximum of $25,000 per application; overall $300,000 per grant cycle

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:

Arts, Culture, and Heritage: A maximum of $15,000 per application
Parks, Fields & Trails: A maximum of $50,000 per application
Community Centers: A maximum of $25,000 per application

Term of Contract:

The project, programming, or event for which the grant monies will be used must be completed within 12 months of receiving funding. 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:

- Applicant is an IRS-designated 501c3
- 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 making sole request on behalf of organization

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
- Advocacy
- Conference attendance
- Debt service
- Travel
- Golf/sports tournaments
- Walks
- Memberships/subscriptions

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 5240 Knowledge Parkway, Erie, PA 16510.

Pre-Application Information:

- Thursday, June 29, 2018: ECGRA releases the Community Assets Grant Application and Guidelines
- Program Workshop: Thursday, July 12, 2018. 5240 Knowledge Parkway, Erie, PA 16510.
- Friday, August 31, 2018: Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- Thursday, September 20, 2018: ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and approve funding recommendations.
- Grant reception: To be determined
- Monday, October 15, 2018: Last day to submit signed agreement letter.
- Wednesday, October 31, 2019: Last day to submit a closeout report online

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.

The following are generally considered cash-match contributions:
- Cash contributed by your organization
- Equipment or supplies to be purchased by your organization for project, program, or 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:

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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