Tuesday May 12th, 2020

National Night Out event funding will shift to supporting organizations interested in responding to needs identified as a result of COVID-19.

While United Way of Erie County has been a proud sponsor of National Night Out since 2004, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing as a community, the organization has made the difficult decision to shift 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 (NRO) to launch a Neighborhood Organization Community Impact Mini-Grant Process that still aligns with the tenets of National Night Out by supporting the organizations focused on building stronger neighborhoods in Erie County.

A survey issued to previously National Night Out funded neighborhood organizations is expected to drive United Way funding priorities for this initiative which will be announced at the end of May.

Planning assistance for United Way’s efforts will be provided by the NRO which is a service agency created to provide resources, support and technical assistance to neighborhood groups throughout Erie County. Services provided by the NRO are available to any neighborhood group that is organized or that wishes to organize and desires to utilize the services. Those groups looking to connect with the NRO are encouraged to contact John Villa, the Neighborhood Resource Organization Outreach Coordinator (814) 572-0755.

Neighborhood Organization grants are expected to be announced by United Way of Erie County and the NRO in July. All projects/initiatives will be required to align with the current CDC recommendations.

Survey link for neighborhood organizations:

Download a PDF of the survey questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have begun the survey, you are unable to save responses.