The Foundation’s Helping Today grants improve the quality of life for all in our region by ensuring a vital nonprofit sector. Thanks to unprecedented 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. For the foreseeable future, Helping Today grant applications offering a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive priority. Within this priority, 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 21||March 19|
|April 29||July 2|
|August 13||October 8|
|October 22||December 16|
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.
Below is a is a link-to a read-only version of the Helping Today grant application form. To submit an online application for consideration, please contact the Community Impact team to schedule a pre-application meeting during which a code will be provided for use in accessing the online forms for grant proposal submission.