Grant Opportunities

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. 

New Small Business Grant

The New Small Business Grant is designed to provide necessary relief to new Erie County, Pennsylvania 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 the Erie County Legislature have designated up to one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) of funding to provide $5,000 - $10,000 grants to assist in ensuring the survival and stability of these crucial businesses.

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Shuttered Venue Grant

The Shuttered Venue Grant is designed to assist those businesses that were not eligible for the federal Shuttered Venue Program and who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. This program is designed to assist those in the arts, theatre, recreation, tourism and related industries. Those in the hospitality industry or any industry not outlined below are NOT eligible. Completed applications will be reviewed and if eligible will receive grants up to $75,000. Erie County Executive Dahlkemper and Erie County Council have determined that grants are necessary to respond to the public health emergency by providing economic support to businesses harmed by the effects of the pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Grant will be administered by the Erie County Redevelopment Authority.

StARTup Grant

The StARTup Grant Program is pleased to announce its partnership with Erie Arts & Culture to support Erie County Creative Entrepreneurs through maximizing grant opportunities. Erie Arts & Culture is a partner of the PA Council on the Arts and together are offering a new grant opportunity – the Creative Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program. 

Through this joint venture, the StARTup Grant program will provide grants up to $5,000 for eligible and qualified projects and businesses. 

For further details on the Grant Program please visit the Erie Arts and Culture website.

EPA Grant

We are the recipient and administrator of a $560,000 grant targeted for Phase 1 Brownfield assessment for Erie County. The grant is will assess contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, with the intent to restore their potential as both economic and community resources. For more information please contact Ti Sumner.

Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

This Commonwealth grant program is designed to support significant capital projects that include the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. For more information on this program please click here. 


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