Diverse Erie’s new grant program offers up to $500,000 to local groups

Up to half a million dollars is available to organizations through a new grant program offered by Diverse Erie. The hope is to impact communities in Erie County.

Grant applications are now being accepted for Diverse Erie’s new grant program called the Generational Impact Grant.

Diverse Erie and the Erie County Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission launched the Generational Impact Grant to provide more opportunities for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community.

“We know that if we lift a community one step at a time, we can lift everyone as we go,” said Gary Lee, CEO of Diverse Erie.

The grant offers $100,000 to $500,000 to eligible entities.

“It must be for a not-for-profit or for-profit entity. They have to be located in Erie County of course, and it has to impact the BIPOC community, and there will be a match for the dollar for commission investment,” Lee added.

The commission hopes that when nonprofits apply for this grant, they will use it to effect generational change.

“It’s not something that’s just going to take them year after year, but something that they can look to the future that can really transform their organization. Transforming the people who work in our organization and in Erie County,” said Gerald Blanks, chair of the Erie County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.

Erie County Executive Brenton Davis said this is part of the county’s commitment to properly allocate American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to all communities in the county.

“Not just a one-time investment. We want to make investments in very targeted areas to get things done for generations to come. You know, that’s the basis of my position on ARP funding. We can spend or we can invest. In terms of the generational impact on the generation, that’s how we have to look at it,” said Erie County Executive Brenton Davis.

The deadline for organizations to apply is August 17. Apply by visiting their website here.