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Neighborhood Organization Mini-Grants

2020 Neighborhood Organization Community Impact Mini-GrantS

For organizations receiving funding: Receipts and the Post-Project Report Form is due one month after completion of the project/initiative.


Please submit to Erica Jackson via email at


While United Way has been a proud sponsor of National Night Out since 2004, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing as a community, United Way is shifting its 2020 mini-grant process from supporting National Night Out events to supporting neighborhood organizations interested in responding to the needs that have been identified in their communities as a result of COVID-19.

To do this, United Way is partnering with the Neighborhood Resource Organization to launch a Neighborhood Organization Community Impact Mini-Grant Process by supporting the organizations focused on building stronger neighborhoods in Erie County.

Funding Priorities

As a result of a survey completed by local neighborhood organizations, the following funding priorities have been identified. Please note that if you have a priority you feel was not included in the list below, you can contact United Way of Erie County to share your suggestions for review. 

  • Community Resources for Basic Needs – providing resources to the community (e.g. food and other basic needs distribution) and/or making the community aware of available resources (e.g. developing & distributing flyers to share local resources and outreach efforts to meet community need. An example includes mapping of available Wi-Fi hotspots in your neighborhood, so residents have access to technology).
  • Transportation – providing solutions to assist those who are unable to access transportation. (e.g. providing dedicated neighborhood volunteers honorariums/gas cards for volunteering to get supplies for those unable to due to health, age, lack of transportation, etc.) 
  • Health Resources – providing assistance to community members who need assistance with supplies or resources due to limited income, age, etc. (e.g. purchasing materials to make masks for community members, using funds to purchase and distribute masks, organize a virtual community health fair with incentives, partner with a local organization to provide summer healthy snacks for members of your community).

Planning Assistance

The Neighborhood Resource Organization is a service agency created to provide resources, support and technical assistance to neighborhood groups throughout Erie County. This organization is committed to the ongoing fight against Community Disorganization. It does not have a yearly fee or membership. It is a service agency that offers regular trainings, assists with funding applications, notifies groups of funding opportunities, researches and communicates best practice information, educates on services available, connects groups with key community partners as well as each other, and serves as a fiscal agent for grant funds to individual neighborhood groups. These services are available to any neighborhood group that is organized or that wishes to organize and desires to utilize the services.

For more information, please contact John Villa, the Neighborhood Resource Organization Outreach Coordinator (814) 572-0755.

Grant Requirements

  • Neighborhood groups/partners working together to partner on a collaborative Community Impact project/initiative MUST submit one joint application. Please list each partner organization on the application, if requesting more than $500 for your project.
  • Projects must benefit individuals and/or families with limited income.
  • Grant recipients must have 501c3 status or have a fiscal agent
  • Grant recipients must agree to and sign United Way’s Community Support Mini-Grant Funding Agreement.
  • Use United Way of Erie County symbols/logos/etc. on all your public relations materials such as flyers, directories, etc.
  • Conduct your project/initiative as described in your application. Please note that all projects/initiatives must align with the current CDC recommendations.
  • Submit receipts of purchases made using the grant monies to United Way.
  • Submit the Post-Project Report to United Way which will include a detailed reporting of activities as well as photos and social media posts tagging United Way of Erie County.

Funding/Reporting Timeline


Mini-Grant Applications Released – June 1, 2020

Community Impact Mini-Grant Applications due – June 26, 2020

Community Impact Mini-Grant recipients announced – July 6, 2020

Receipts and Post-Project Report Form submission deadline – this information is due one month after completion of your project. Follow-up will be made with funded organizations to submit required reporting.

Thank you for everything you do to make our community a better place. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erica Jackson, Community Impact Manager of Grant Administration.

The grant application period has now closed.

Please Note:

While United Way will not be financially supporting National Night Out events this year, this would not prohibit an organization from hosting an event on its own, if it chooses to do so.

Contact Information:

Erica Jackson
United Way of Erie County
420 West 6th Street, Suite 200
Erie, PA 16507

Or call (814) 456-2937, ext. 235
or email
or fax to (814) 459-5750