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Renaissance Block Grant Program

Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
and Agencies to Reverse Housing Blight

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

Deadline Date:

06/05/19 Midnight


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183433

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- A maximum of $150,000 per application
- A maximum of $5,000 per property

Term of Contract:

- 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.

Ineligible Organizations
- 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
- Advocacy
- Conference attendance
- Debt service
- Memberships/subscriptions
- Reimbursement of property owner labor

Pre-proposal Conference:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- 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.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County