ECGRA awards $175,515 in special events grants today

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) awarded $175,515 in Special Events grants today to 45 local non-profits in support of special events that improve quality of place for Erie residents.  Special events include parades, performances, and festivals that promote community spirit and inclusiveness and generate economic impact in localities across Erie County.

“Supporting local events helps support the economies, residents, and businesses in small and large communities across Erie County,” said Perry Wood, Executive Director, ECGRA. “Events like parades and festivals are part of the social fabric that enhance the attractiveness of a region, while elevating our pride in Erie County. Special Events grants are driving tourism, attracting talent to the region, and helping sustain some quintessential Erie traditions that have helped make Erie County a special place to visit and to call home.”


About Special Events Grants

ECGRA Special Events Grants fund up to 5% of events that take place within Erie County, are open to the general public, and promote the region economically and culturally. Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization, municipality, or authority headquartered in Erie County and provide a 1:1 cash match. Grantees must demonstrate how their event(s) creates a targeted economic impact on Erie County by attracting attendance to the region and impacting local quality of place. 



Organization Name

Name of Event

Amount Awarded

Achievement Center

Over the Edge & Trivia Night


Albion Area Fair

Albion Area Fair



The AmeriMasala


Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc

Maple Festival, Honey Harvest, Scary Creature Feature and Winter Wonderland


Borough of North East

Light Up North East


Borough of Union City

Annual Fireworks Extravaganza



CelebrateErie 2019


Corry Area Arts Council, Inc.

4th of July In the Park


Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc.

March Against Crime, Victims’ Rights Speaker Series and Conference, Moonlight on the Bay


Downtown North East, Inc.

North East Area Chamber of Commerce Events 2019


Dr. Gertrude A Barber Foundations

Barber Events 2019: 12th Annual Art Show and Sale; 7th Annual Barber Beast on the Bay; 55th Annual Christmas Ball


Edinboro Highland Games

Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival


Edinboro University Foundation

Centennial Celebration/Art 100


EHCA Foundation/Erie Homes for Children and Adults

EHCA 2019 Special Events


Erie Asian Pacific American Association

Asian Festival 2019


Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre

Regional Dance America Northeast Dance Festival 2019


Erie Downtown Partnership

Erie Downtown Event Programming


Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

Erie Regional Chamber 2019 Events


French Creek Council, BSA

2019 Scouting Series


Harborcreek Township

Harborcreek Community Concert & HC Light Up Night


Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

26th Annual Zabawa Polish Heritage Festival


Jefferson Educational Society

JES Programming/Global Summit


Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF)

2019 LEAF Events


Lake Erie Fanfare, Inc.

36th Annual Drum Corps Competition; 23rd Annual German Heritage Festival


Lake Erie Greek Cultural Society

Annual Greek Festival


Mercy Center for Women

Celebration of 25 Years Serving Women and Children on the Road to Recovery


Preservation Erie

Independence Hill District Flea Market


Presque Isle Partnership

2019 Special Events


Roar on the Shore Inc

2019 Roar on the Shore Bike Week



Scrabble Tournament, Garden Party, Intimate Partner Violence Conference, Big Backyard Children’s Parties


Saint Joseph Church Bread of Life Community

Oktoberfest 2019


Saint Patrick’s Church

Erie Irish Festival



ServErie Saturdays, ServErie Spring Soiree, ServErie School Initiative


Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network

Saint Paul’s Annual Italian Festival


The Goodell Project, d/b/a Goodell Gardens & Homestead

2019 Schedule of Educational and Cultural Events


The Iroquois School District Foundation

Erie Food Truck Festival


The Nonprofit Partnership

Nonprofit Day 2019


Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation

Sunset Celebration


Union City Pride, INC

Gathering at French Creek


Waterford Community Fair Association

2019 Waterford Community Fair


Wattsburg Agricultural Society. Inc.

Wattsburg Agricultural Society Inc. 2019 Erie County Fair at Wattsburg


WQLN Public Media

Sounds Around Town Summer Concert Series and TV & Radio Broadcasts


YMCA of Greater Erie

2019 Special Events


Young Artists Debut Orchestra

Four Seasons Performances


Youth Leadership Institute of Erie

Global Youth Service Day “Say it, Say it Loud”


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