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Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs in Eligible
States for Environment, Safety, and Community Building

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Erie Insurance

Deadline Date:

09/18/19 - for Requests of $10,000 or more; Requests of up to $10,000 will be considered at any time.


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 to USA nonprofits and educational institutions in eligible states for programs in the areas of safety, community building, and environmental responsibility. Organizations within the following states are eligible to apply for funding: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland/District of Columbia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate commitment to their communities by ensuring their governing bodies include representatives from within the communities they serve.

Community Building:
The Foundation supports the United Way and projects for urban revitalization and basic human needs. The Foundation also helps culture and arts initiatives, entrepreneurialism, and education.

The Foundation supports the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross and other programs that help keep individuals and families safe and out of harm’s way.

Environmental Responsibility:
The Foundation plants community gardens and helps programs that use resources, energy, and new technologies responsibly.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180329

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests for under $10,000 can be submitted for consideration at any time. For requests of $10,000 or more, an annual report will need to be emailed to the Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization within the Foundation's geographic footprint—including accredited educational institutions and nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code—may submit a request annually for funding.

Organizations are eligible to apply from the following areas:
-Illinois (Peoria)
-Indiana (Fort Wayne and Indianapolis)
-Kentucky (Lexington)
-Maryland/District of Columbia (Hagerstown and Silverspring)
-New York (Rochester)
-North Carolina (Charlotte and Raleigh)
-Ohio (Canton and Columbus)
-Pennsylvania (Allentown/Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Home Office, Johnstown, Murrysville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)
-Tennessee (Nashville and Knoxville)
-Virginia (Richmond, Roanoke, and Waynesboro)
-West Virginia (Parkersburg)
-Wisconsin (Waukesha)

Erie Insurance does not fund:
-Athletic programs, scholarships, events, or booster clubs
-Churches and religious organizations. Note that programs affiliated with faith-based organizations are eligible for funding as long as the programming serves the whole community, regardless of religious affiliation. (Examples include food banks and shelter services.)
-Elementary, middle, and high schools.
-Political and labor organizations.
-National organizations (local chapters of national organizations may be considered when funding is expected to support the local community).
-Any organization or project that does not align with ERIE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
-Endowments, trusts, or similar organizations, including charitable remainder trusts, donor advised funds, private, or family foundations or family trusts.
-Donations that provide a direct benefit to the donor, the donor’s family, or any other specified individual.

This includes:
-Tuition payments, student fees, book fees, or subscriptions.
-Donations to scholarship funds where the scholarship recipient is designated by the donor.
-Donations that in themselves or in combination with Erie Insurance Group’s matching gift lead to the donor’s receiving benefits of more than nominal value, such as receipt of athletic spectator tickets or the option to purchase such tickets.
-Membership dues for alumni groups, social groups, or athletic or other clubs.
-Church-related pledges, tithes, or financial commitments.

Pre-Application Information:

You can submit a funding request under $10,000 for consideration at any time.

The deadlines to submit funding requests of $10,000 or more are:
-November 16, 2018
-February 11, 2019
-May 6, 2019
-August 14, 2019
-September 18, 2019

Please allow four to eight weeks for requests to be processed.


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Contact Information:

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

For requests of $10,000 or more, please e-mail your annual report and Logic Model to the

Erie Insurance Giving Network
100 Erie Insurance Place
Erie Pennsylvania 16530

(814) 870-2940

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Peoria;   Indiana: Fort Wayne and Indianapolis;   Kentucky: Lexington;   Maryland: Hagerstown and Silver Spring;   New York: Rochester;   North Carolina: Charlotte and Raleigh;   Ohio: Canton and Columbus;   Pennsylvania: Allentown/Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Murrysville, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh;   Tennessee: Nashville and Knoxville;   Virginia: Richmond, Roanoke, and Waynesboro;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia: Parkersburg;   Wisconsin: Waukesha