Incorporated in 2008 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of creating and administering a grantmaking process for gaming funds that come from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority works to elevate Erie County by galvanizing the efforts of nonprofits and small business in the area of economic and community development. Through its Community Assets Grants Program, ECGRA supports capital improvements and programming that provide social, educational, cultural, health, recreation, and/or economic benefits to residents of Erie County.
Through its Anchor Building Program, ECGRA seeks to reinvigorate neighborhoods and main corridors, boost buy-local efforts, and combat blight. To that end, grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of efforts to strengthen a community, neighborhood, or commercial district through the redevelopment, renovation, and preservation of an underutilized or vacant building that has the potential to serve as a catalyst for greater investment and commercial or social activity.
The program seeks the redevelopment or re-use of anchor buildings with the kind of intrinsic historical, architectural, and/or social qualities that make places special or unique. Funds may be used for contracted services such as engineering, architectural, appraisal, and environmental; equipment and supplies; construction; and outcomes measurement and impact tracking.
Funding for this opportunity requires a 1:1 cash match.
To be eligible, applicants must be headquartered in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a municipal authority or municipality.
See the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.