Apply for a Grant

The work of The Erie Community Foundation, and in particular it's grant programs, is made possible by generous donors who contribute to several types of funds including Donor Advised, Agency Endowments, Donor Designated, Field of Interest, Scholarships, Pass-Through, and Community Impact to address the most pressing needs of our community.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all in our region by evaluating and addressing community issues, building permanent charitable endowments and promoting philanthropic and community leadership.

We advance quality of life and shared prosperity today and for future generations (with a focus on Erie County) through: 

  • Healthy communities
  • Inclusive development
  • Education to enrichen lives and career success
  • Access to quality services helping people live to their potential
  • Creative arts to live by
  • Ensuring a vital nonprofit sector

Grant Types

Grant Guidelines

  • An applicant must meet with a member of the Foundation's Community Impact Team prior to a Grant Cycle deadline in order to submit an application.
  • An online grant application must be completed and submitted prior to the Grant Cycle deadline.
  • If your nonprofit has an emergency and your request cannot wait until the next grant cycle, please contact the Community Impact Team at 814-454-0843 to obtain the Access Code for applying for an Urgent Request.
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For more information on applying for a Helping Today or Shaping Tomorrow grant, please contact our Community Impact Team:


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