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 galvanize nonprofits and small business for the economic betterment and community development of Erie County.
According to ECGRA, Erie County health assessments continue to show a decline in physical activity and an increase in preventable illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. To that end, the authority, through its Community Assets Grants Program — Parks, Fields, and Trails, is inviting applications for capital projects that create, protect, or improve publicly accessible parks, athletic fields, and trails in the county. Funding may be used to encourage healthy lifestyles, create a more equitable distribution of park opportunities, attract athletic competitions that enhance local tourism, or help rejuvenate neighborhoods and main streets in communities across the county. Funding may also be used to increase or improve access to recreational facilities.
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded, with a total of $150,000 available in this grant cycle; all grants require a 1:1 cash match.
To be eligible, applicants must be headquartered in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and be tax exempt under 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.