Erie County and ECRDA announce the beginning of ARPA funding disbursement

Thursday Jan 6th, 2022

Erie County, in partnership with the Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRDA), announces disbursement of funding has begun for the New Small Business program and the Local Shuttered Venue program. Both grant programs were made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) received by Erie County to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic and to help stimulate the county’s economy.

To date, 9 Erie County businesses have been awarded New Small Business grants totaling $90,000 and 15 Erie County businesses have been awarded Shuttered Venue grants totaling $633,907. Both grants opened on Nov. 1.

The New Small Business Grant is designed to provide necessary relief to new Erie County small businesses established on or after January 1, 2020, that have been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and Erie County Council have designated up to $150,000 of funding to provide grants of $5,000 - $10,000 to assist in ensuring the survival and stability of these crucial businesses.

The Local Shuttered Venue Grant is designed to offset the loss incurred by recreational, event, tourism and related industries that were not eligible for other COVID-19 relief programs. County Executive Dahlkemper and Erie County Council have allocated $1,474,991 to award to eligible entities. Grants are awarded up to $75,000.

Applicants can find eligibility information, as well as the online application, at Properly completed applications will be awarded on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered until such time as the application is correct and complete.

“I am pleased with how efficiently ECRDA has begun the distribution of these business grants,” said Dahlkemper. “Quickly getting this funding to struggling businesses is essential to building a better and more resilient economy and future for Erie County.”

For more information, visit or contact Tina Mengine, CEO, ECRDA. 

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