Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)
Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and municipal authorities to address and reverse local housing blight. Grants are intended to improve the external appearance of residential structures and publicly owned properties. Grants can be used in three zones of improvement: private property, sidewalks, and the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the curb.
The goals of the Erie County Renaissance Block Program are to:
- Remove housing blight and reverse deterioration
- Incentivize and spur private investment
- Make neighborhoods and communities more walkable, safe, and attractive
- Increase market value of homes
- Improve the municipal tax base
Eligible Improvements for Reimbursement include:
- Sidewalks, walkways, driveways
- Landscaping, trees
- Doors & windows visible from the street
- Roofs, soffits, gutters, & downspouts
- Exterior lighting (street & on private property)
- Porches, stairs, steps
- Painting, siding, shutters
- Chimney & masonry repair
Eligible Uses of Program Funds
- Administration, marketing, promotion, advertising (up to 15% of the grant)
- Insurance, legal fees
- Evaluation, outcomes measurement, and impact tracking
- Contracted services such as architectural, engineering, and construction inspection
- Equipment and supplies
- Contracted construction with licensed contractors
GrantWatch ID#: 183433
- A maximum of $150,000 per application
- A maximum of $5,000 per property
- Grant contracts for Renaissance Block Grants funding shall be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
- One (1) option to extend the terms of the contract for a period of six (6) months may be granted by ECGRA. Detailed, written justification for the contract extension shall be submitted to ECGRA for review and consideration.
- If the funds allocated to the applicant are not expended on or before the expiration of the grant contract, including the extension period, the unused portion of funds shall be returned to ECGRA.
- An IRS-designated 501(c)3, municipal authority, or a municipality
- Headquartered in Erie County
- In good standing with the IRS and state and local taxing bodies
- In good standing with ECGRA's reporting requirements to date
- Making sole request on behalf of an organization
Eligible participants include: a) eligible applicants b) Erie County residential and commercial property owners who are current in payment of local, county, and school taxes or fees.
- An airport or transportation 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 12/13/10
Ineligible Uses of Funds
- Conference attendance
- Debt service
- Reimbursement of property owner labor
There will be a pre-application training session for all project applicants to learn more about how the challenge should be promoted, administered, and evaluated.
- February 19, 2019 – ECGRA releases the Erie County Renaissance Block Program Grant Application and Guidelines.
- June 5, 2019 – Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- June 20, 2019 – ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and approve funding recommendations.
- July 19, 2019 - Last day to submit signed agreement letter
The grant requires 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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Application Portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ecgra
Program inquiries should be directed to:
ECGRA Grants Manager
USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County