The Foundation’s Helping Today grants strengthen the nonprofit sector. Thanks to donor support, the Foundation doubled its budget for this program from $500,000 to $1,000,000 a year. We have also created an endowment to sustain this level of grantmaking in perpetuity. Helping Today grants are generally capped at $30,000 or less and limited to one year in duration. Focused on helping nonprofits build capacity to better address issues in our community, grants may be awarded for:
Please click here for more information about the Foundation's mission-aligned vision and strategy for priority grantmaking.
Helping Today grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis with the following application deadlines and notification dates in 2021:
|Application Deadline||Notification Date|
|January 20||March 18|
|May 6||July 1|
|August 11||October 7|
|October 20||December 15|
Please Note: The online grant application form must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the quarterly deadline date.
For questions or guidance, please call 814-454-0843. All applications are reviewed by Foundation staff and a volunteer advisory committee, and are ultimately approved by The Erie Community Foundation Board of Trustees.Apply for a Helping Today Grant