Grants Awarded to Date

Cycle 3

Helping Today Grants Funded by The Erie Community Foundation 

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
All About Character, Inc.  Building Students of Character $20,000  
Clark Elementary (Harborcreek School District) Clark's Discovery Courtyard - featuring an outdoor classroom and STEAM exploration stations $9,000
Community Health NetVision for 30 More Years  $15,000   
Environment ErieEnvironment Erie: The Next Phase of Growth $12,900 
Erie County Vocational Technical School Foundation  Erie County Vocational Technical School Foundation - Career Street, Newspapers In Education$10,000 
Erie Playhouse Forging Connections  $14,000
Hermitage House Youth Services Credit Recovery Program Expansion $3,122 
Montessori in the Woods Capital, Facilities Needs - New Roof  $10,000
Nurturing Hearts Nurturing Heart's self-esteem, healthy lifestyle, drug & alcohol prevention program for girls$11,700
ServErie Neighborhood Resource House for East Bayfront $15,000  
St. Paul R.C. ChurchSocial Center ADA Lift and ADA Family Restroom $10,000 
The Salvation Army Erie Temple Corps School Clothing Assistance Program  $7,500
Veterans Miracle Center 2018 VMCE Veterans Workforce Development Initiative "Train a Veteran Program" $10,000

Urgent Grants 

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
Blended Spirits  Blended Spirits Ranch$10,000 
Mercy Center for Women   Replacement of Pickup Truck$8,000
St. Paul R.C. Church Social Center HVAC $10,000

Donor Directed Grants

105 Donor Directed Grants$3,330,814


91 Scholarships$104,296

GRAND TOTAL: $3,611,332

Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 Grants

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received 
Bayfront East Side TaskforceBEST Focused Neighborhood Revitalization$250,000
Bayfront NATO, Inc. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial CenterMinority Community Investment Coalition (MCIC): Collaborating for Economic Success$250,000
Erie Downtown Development CorporationRevitalizing Erie’s Downtown Through Strong Community VISION and ACTIVATION$100,000
Gannon UniversityGO College at Strong Vincent Middle School$200,000
Mother Teresa AcademyRenewal & Recommit$150,000
Our West BayfrontWest 8th St. Corridor Revitalization$250,000
Penn State Erie, The Behrend CollegeSusan Hirt Hagen Center For Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE) Outreach Expansion Project 2018$200,000
Perry Square AllianceAccelerate Infrastructure Investments in Perry Square$100,000
The Urban Oasis ProjectThe Oasis Market$200,000
United Way of Erie CountyCommunity Schools Truancy Prevention through Community Coordination$250,000

GRAND TOTAL: $1,950,000

Cycle 2

Helping Today Grants funded by The Erie Community Foundation

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
Alzheimer's Association     
Early Stage Programs $5,000
City of ErieErie Neighborhood Strengthening$15,000 
Freedom House EMSFreedom House Firefighter Certification Preparation Course $11,000 
Multicultural Community Resource Center 10 Passenger Van for Child Care  $18,984
St. Benedict Center  Transportation for Inner City Children to Programming at St. Benedict Center $15,500
Twilight Wish Foundation Beach Wheelchairs and Mobi-chair for Presque Isle $6,390 
Bayfront NATO, Inc. (MLK Center) Bayfront     Mini Mall Parking Lot Project$11,000 
Booker T. Washington Center The Center City - School & Safety Initiative $15,000
Erie Catholic School SystemKeeping Our Kids Safe $15,000 
Erie County Historical SocietyTechnology Upgrade for Erie Historical Society Operations $15,000
Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Marketing Assistance for Diversity Training $5,500
Northwest Industrial Resource CenterWhat's So Cool About Manufacturing (student video contest) $8,100 
Northwest PA K-9 Search and Rescue Organization Search & Rescue Mobile Incident Command Trailer$15,000 
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CORE) Enhancing the Mentor Project to Serve, Strengthen and Support Erie County $10,000
 UNFHCC ERIE WICErie WIC Lactation Center Room $10,000 
WQLN Public Media Our Town 2018-19: Stories from Union City and Lawrence Park $9,000

Urgent Grants

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
Erie City Mission 
New Life Program Vehicle  
Sister Mary Pascal Gray Food Pantry at St. Patrick Church
Roof Replacement 

Donor Directed Grants

153 Donor Directed Grants$3,815,718


450 Scholarships$586,832

GRAND TOTAL: $4,609,294

Cycle 1

Helping Today Grants funded by The Erie Community Foundation

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
Albion Area Fair Road Paving $5,000 
Almakarim Islamic Foundation  Installing new roof and painting building$5,000
American Association of University Women - Erie BranchTech Savvy - a program   of AAUW $1,000  
Climate Changers, Inc.Total Change Program - Men's Transitional Facility $30,000 
Community Country Day School  Facility Needs$6,200  
Erie Downtown PartnershipDowntown Erie CARE Outreach & Business $10,000 
Erie Family Center Access and Visitation $10,000 
Erie Philharmonic The Visual Orchestra$15,000 
Gannon University Bayview Park: Revitalization through Recreation $7,480 
GECAC Planning for Tomorrow  $10,000
Goodell Gardens & Homestead 2018 Goodell Bank Barn Foundation Stabilization and Electric Service Entrance $5,000 
Junior Achievement of Western PA JA Digital Blended and Entrepreneurial Programs $8,000 
Member To Member M2M Erie County Giving Residents a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out $15,000 
Neighborhood Resource Organization Community Clean Up Mini Grants $5,000 
Neighborhood Watch #13 SNOOPS Neighborhood Food Pantry $1,000  
Perry Square Alliance   Baskets for Perry Square District$13,536
Ronald McDonald House Charities  Providing Night Stays for Families from Erie County $6,000 
Safe Kids ErieSIDS Prevention Erie County$10,000 
Youth Leadership Institute Connected in 5 $2,600

Urgent Grants

NonprofitProject FundedAmount Received
Sarah A. Reed Children's CenterEmergency Generator Replacement for Sarah Reed Children's Center$10,000
St. Martin CenterEarly Learning Center Flooring $6,275

Classroom Projects for Erie County Public School Teachers


Community Schools

Partnership for Erie's Pubic Schools$25,000

Donor Directed Grants

405 Donor Directed Grants$3,404,612


5 Scholarships$10,550

GRAND TOTAL: $3,632,253

Previous Years Grants Awarded