The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) awarded over $200,000 for their 2023 special events grants, to 49 Erie County nonprofits and municipalities. 

Their goals with the grants is to drive economic and community development through regional events. The events they chose drive tourism, attract talent to the region and help sustain Erie tradition that make Erie a special place to visit and call home. 

"Special events are really leadership opportunities for the community," said Dr. Perry Wood, Executive Director ECGRA. "If you at the amount of volunteer hours that go into whether its a fundraiser to help a church or celebrate a common heritage, these leadership opportunities are important for every community.'

ECGRA funds about 5 percent of all the events that take place in Erie county. 

The following organizations were awarded money: 






Albion Area Fair

Albion Area Fair





Asbury Woods Partnership

2023 Series of Events


Borough of Edinboro

Boro with the Works


Borough of Union City

UC Police Department National Night Out


Borough of Wesleyville

Wesleyville Community Days



Celebrate Erie/Lights over Lake Erie


Community Blood Bank of NWPA

Donor Appreciation Day


Crime Victim Center of Erie County

50th Anniversary Celebrations


Downtown North East

Gibson Park 2023 Open Market


Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundations

Barber National Institute Events 2023


Edinboro University Foundation

2023 Highland Games & Scottish Festival


Erie Bird Observatory

Celebrate Spring Birding


Erie County Veterans Memorial Park

Dedication of Erie County Veterans Memorial Park


Erie Downtown Partnership

2023 Event Series


Erie Homes for Children & Adults

Golden Gatsby Gala/Victory Ride/MOVE Show of Talents


Erie Lions Club Save An Eye Fund

Save An Eye All-Star Football Game


Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership

Erie Homecoming 2023


Erie-Western PA Port Authority

ERIEBANK 8 Great Tuesdays


Film Society of NWPA

Eerie Horror Fest


Goodell Gardens & Homestead

2023 Series of Events


Harborcreek Community Engagement Team

Harborcreek Community Events


Harborcreek Township

Concert in the Park, Light Up Night


Holy Trinity RC Church

30th Annual Zabawa


Humane Society of NWPA

The Mutt Gala, Rock & Rescue, Trails & Tails 5K


Jefferson Educational Society

JES Programming/Global Summit


Lake Erie Fanfare

40th Annual Drum Corps Competition; 27th Annual German Heritage Festival


Lake Erie Greek Cultural Society



Lawrence Park Township

Laser Lights and Music Events


McKean Community Development Group

McKean Community Day


Mercy Center for Women

Women Making History, Pedal for Mercy, Music Trvia Night


Mercy Hilltop Center

Community Outreach Fair


Nonprofit Partnership, The

22nd Annual Keystone Nonprofit Conference


Orthodox Church of the Nativity

Troika Festival



Guys & Dolls


Presque Isle Light Station

Tower Tuesdays & Erie Land Lighthouse Events


Presque Isle Partnership

2023 Events



Community Outreach and Big Backyard Events


Saint Joseph Church Bread of Life Community

Oktoberfest 2023


Saint Patrick's Church

Erie Irish Festival


SSJ Neighborhood Network

St. Paul's Italian Festival


St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Taste of Poland/Parish Festival


Union City Pride

Purse Bingo, French Creek Festival, Festival of Trees


Waterford Community Fair Association

2023 Waterford Community Fair


Wattsburg Agricultural Society. Inc.

Erie County Fair at Wattsburg


YMCA of Corry

Block Party Chainsaw Carving and Music Festival


YMCA of Greater Erie

YMCA Apple Festival


Young Artists Debut Orchestra

2023 Series of Events


Youth Leadership Institute of Erie

Global Youth Service "Health Awareness Day"