Grant Services


The Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRDA) provides access to a multitude of grant opportunities and services to help your business succeed. We work alongside local, state, national, and private entities to provide you with the most up-to-date information. Below are links to open grant applications.

Grant-writing services are available for specific projects, and we will help you to find and identify the right grant to match your needs. We aim to streamline the entire process to give you the best possible chance to receive and maintain funding.

Your project success is our priority.


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EPA Grant - ECRDA is the recipient of a $560,000 grant targeted for Phase 1 Brownfield assessment. The intent of the grant is to assess brownfields and restore their potential as both economic and community resources. If you are interested in having your property considered for assessment, please contact Tina Mengine at


Artist Entrepreneurial Fund / StARTup Grant - The $250K fund is supported by a major gift from the StARTup Incubator to support opportunities that will benefit artists' careers - to foster and promote the creation of new businesses and educational programs and training for artists that will help facilitate or create new and/or expanded employment opportunities throughout Erie County. Grants up to $5000 are available. Awards will be made with the intention of supporting as many projects as possible.

StARTup Applicants: Be sure to click here to read the full details about the StARTup Grant program

Applicant Eligibility

Art-Centric organizations, individuals, and businesses in Erie County may apply. (Full time students do not qualify unless they are seniors involved in an internship or apprenticeship program.)

Qualified Applicant Examples:

      • Arts & Craft production
      • Design firms
      • Arts instruction, for profit workshops, instructional arts, and crafts kits
      • Fashion/clothes design & manufacturing
      • Literary Arts-related enterprises (bookbinding, publications, ghostwriting/editing services)
      • Photography
      • Film production
      • Professional Singers/Performers

Project Eligibility

Workshops, exhibits, readings, performances, festivals, concerts, screenings, and metal fabrication, painting, mixed media. Projects can be delivered online, in small groups, and other means that are not traditionally accessible to the public because of COVID-19 restrictions. Applicant businesses may be new startups or new branches of an existing business but no more than two years old with main location in Erie County. Suggested uses for grant funds include business plan consulting services, liability insurance premiums, purchase of raw materials & supplies, software such as design & financial software, marketing activities, including online sales & social media or outsourced marketing services, financial advisor services.

StARTup cannot support the following

      • Projects whose sole purpose is fundraising
      • Scholarships, fellowships, awards
      • Retroactive funding
      • Projects that already receive funding from The Erie Arts and Culture and/or Community Foundation
      • Rent or real estate purchases nor for salaries
      • For the purchase of computer hardware

NOTE: Applicants may apply only once in each calendar year.

Priority is given to the following

      • Applicants with potential to hire employees will be given special consideration
      • Projects that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
      • Projects that support Erie County residents
      • Clear, concise, and complete application submissions

Each application is reviewed based on its own merits. Limited funds are available, and awards will be made with the intention of supporting as many eligible projects as possible.

Award Criteria

Grants are awarded based on the following primary criteria:

      • Creativity and Design Quality
      • Demonstration of managerial and fiscal Managerial/Fiscal Competence

Award Notification & Distribution of Funds

      • Award notification are sent via email approximately 2 weeks after the application submission.
      • Grant funds are mailed via check approximately 2 weeks after the notification submission.
      • Grant funds cannot be distributed until grant recipients sign and return via email the acceptance agreement attached to the award notification.
      • * Submitting an application is not a guarantee of a grant award.

Credit and Usage Rights

      • Where possible, credit to the StARTup grant program must be given using language provided with award notification.
      • StARTup and the ECRDA reserve the right to describe or reproduce material for publication or public relations purposes from any opportunity awarded funding.
      • Grant funds cannot be distributed until grant recipients sign and return via email the acceptance agreement attached to the award notification.

Application Process and Deadlines

StARTup Grant applications are accepted beginning March 1st, 2021 at 7AM through March 15th, 2021 at 5PM.

A sample StARTup Grant application can be viewed here.

Please note that this grant submission process will be done entirely through the ECRDA website. Please review the sample application link above to verify that you have all the necessary information you will need before proceeding to fill out the application to avoid any problems with the online submission process. This includes providing the full website URL links (for example: to your artist/organizational website/social media/online portfolio/etc. so that that your entity's artistic focus and application goals can be properly evaluated.

Applicants may apply online by clicking here.


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PPE for Small Businesses – The goal of this program is to provide "high touch" small businesses, such as medical and dental practices, childcare services and youth camps, museums and historical sites, amusement and recreation centers, independent restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons and personal care services, with kits containing masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves, or other items.


REDEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE CAPITAL PROGRAM (RACP) - RCAP is a Commonwealth grant program sponsored by the ECRDA and designed for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Applications are closed for the 20/21 year.


ERIE COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS CARES ACT GRANT – On behalf of the County of Erie, ECRDA will administer up to $5 million in funds to small businesses and for-profit tourist organizations with 0-100 employees. The program is funded through the state’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds.