Grant Requirements and Funding Priorities

Applications to the NNO Mini-Grants are now closed.

United Way Funding Priorities

Please note that funding for NNO events is limited. Preference will be given to groups that address Unified Erie’s priority risk and protective factors and/or host an event in collaboration with a community school (where applicable).

National Night Out aligns with the prevention portion of the three-pronged Unified Erie Violence Reduction Initiative. Learn more about the Community Action Plan here.

If you are interested in potentially partnering with a United Way Community School for a National Night Out event, please see the location list below. To be considered, contact Jessica Belousov ( with your desired location. If you are only interested in volunteering, please fill out the NNO Interest Form. 

Gridley Park Our West Bayfront Event, Erie Pa - Strong Vincent Middle and Harding Elementary Schools
Girard High School, Girard PA - Elk Valley Elementary School
Wilson Middle School, Erie PA -Wilson Middle, Lincoln Elementary, McKinley Elementary Schools
Iroquois Elementary School, Erie PA - Iroquois Elementary School
Wayne Park, Erie PA - East Middle, Edison Elementary,  Diehl Elementary, and Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary Schools
Union City Police Borough, Union City PA -Union City Area Elementary School

Grant Requirements 

  • Neighborhood groups/partners working together to partner on a collaborative project or NNO event must submit one joint application.Please list each partner organization on the application if requesting more than $500 for your project
  • Projects and NNO events must benefit individuals and/or families with limited income.    
  • Grant recipients must have 501c3 status or have a fiscal agent. Fiscal agent must complete a W-9 FORM. 
  • Grant recipients must agree to and sign United Way’s Community Support Mini-Grant Funding Agreement. 
  • Events must address one or more of the risk factors identified by Erie’s Community Action Plan.
  • Show proof of commitment with a ½ match of the requested United Way of Erie County mini-grant amount. For example, an organization requesting $00 from United Way must show proof of a $250.00 match. Both monetary and in-kind donations qualify as matching funds. Please note -- volunteer hours do not qualify. Copies of checks or signed commitment letters must be submitted before grant funds are released.
  • Display United Way banners prominently at the event.
  • Use United Way of Erie County symbols/logos/etc. on all your public relations materials such as flyers, directories, etc. 
  • Conduct your event as described in your application. (United Way staff will conduct site visits.)
  • Submit receipts of purchases made using the grant monies to United Way.  
  • Submit the Post-Project Report to United Way, including a detailed report of activities, photos and social media posts tagging United Way of Erie County. 

Funding/Reporting Timeline:

  • NNO Mini-Grant Applications Released – May 13, 2024
  • Q&A Application Session- May 20, 2024
  • NNO Mini-Grant Applications Due – June 14, 2024
  • NNO Mini-Grant Awards Announced to Recipients – June 27, 2024
  • Funds and Supplies Available for Pick-Up – July 11, 2024
  • National Night Out – August 6, 2024
  • Deadline for Post-Event Report – August 31, 2024

Applications to the NNO Mini-Grants are now closed. Mini-Grant Award Recipients will be announced on June 27, 2024.

Contact Information: 
Jessica Belousov
United Way of Erie County 
650 East Avenue, Suite 200 
Erie, PA  16507