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Renaissance Block Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Agencies
in Eligible Areas to Strengthen Communities

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Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)

Deadline Date:

03/31/21 Midnight


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and municipal authorities to revitalize neighborhoods in eligible locations. Funding is intended to improve the external appearance of residential structures and publicly owned properties with the goal of addressing housing blight. Grants can be used in three zones of improvement: private property, sidewalks, and the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the curb. Eligible projects benefit Erie County.

The goals of the Erie County Renaissance Block Program are to:

  • Remove housing blight and reverse deterioration
  • Incentivize and spur private investment
  • Make neighborhoods and communities more walkable, safe, and attractive
  • Increase the market value of homes
  • Improve the municipal tax base

Eligible Improvements for Reimbursement include:

  • Sidewalks, walkways, driveways
  • Landscaping, trees
  • Doors & windows visible from the street
  • Roofs, soffits, gutters, & downspouts
  • Exterior lighting (street & on private property)
  • Porches, stairs, steps
  • Painting, siding, shutters
  • Chimney & masonry repair

For eligible uses of funds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183433

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- A maximum of $100,000 per application
- A maximum of $5,000 per property

Term of Contract:

- Grant contracts for Renaissance Block Grants funding shall be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
- One (1) option to extend the terms of the contract for a period of six (6) months may be granted by ECGRA. Detailed, written justification for the contract extension shall be submitted to ECGRA for review and consideration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- An IRS-designated 501(c)3, municipal authority, or a municipality
- Headquartered in Erie County
- In good standing with the IRS and state and local taxing bodies
- In good standing with ECGRA's reporting requirements to date
- Making a sole request on behalf of an organization

Eligible participants include a) eligible applicants b) Erie County residential and commercial property owners who are current in payment of local, county, and school taxes or fees.

Ineligible Organizations:
- An airport or transportation facility
- A public safety organization or facility, including volunteer fire departments
- An institution that predominantly provides primary or secondary education/training
- Any organization that was part of the settlement agreement with ECGRA, entered 12/13/10

Ineligible Uses of Funds:
- Advocacy
- Conference attendance
- Debt service
- Memberships/subscriptions
- Reimbursement of property owner labor

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a pre-application training session for all project applicants to learn more about how the challenge should be promoted, administered, and evaluated.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Schedule:

- January 5, 2021: ECGRA releases the Erie County Renaissance Block Program Grant Application and Guidelines.
- March 31, 2021: Applications must be submitted by midnight.
- April 15, 2021: ECGRA’s board of directors will make the final review and approve funding recommendations.
- April 30, 2021: Last day to submit signed agreement letter.
- May 156, 2022: Last day to submit year one progress report.
- May 15, 2023: Last day to submit a closeout report online.

The grant requires a 1:1 cash match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Program inquiries should be directed to:
Tom Maggio
ECGRA Grants Manager
(814) 897-2694

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County

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