Applications are now being accepted for the Erie Sports Commission’s Facility Matching Funds Program. Established in 2019, the program provides funds to facilities capable of hosting sporting events, with the intent to continue to grow sports tourism in the region. A total of $10,000 is available for projects in 2020.
The program will provide matching dollars for facility improvements, including new equipment purchases. Facilities that wish to apply for matching funds must be located within Erie County, Pa. and be available to host tournaments and events that draw out-of-town participants. Improvements should be completed with the intention of attracting new sporting events or growing existing events that can generate tourism, in support of the mission of the Erie Sports Commission.
“The Erie Sports Commission relies on great facilities in order to attract new events to the Erie region, so it’s imperative that we invest in facilities,” said Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Any facility with an interest in hosting sporting events should apply. I was pleased with the response we received in the program’s first year, and am looking forward to awarding grants to more venues.”
In June 2019, the Erie Sports Commission awarded Facility Matching Funds to three projects: to begin adding a new field at the David Long Baseball/Softball Complex, to install lockers in the the Erie County Elite Athletic Academy and to Henry Fish Sports Complex for lacrosse equipment.
Applications will be accepted through March 31.
Applicants may request matching funds in the amount of $500 to $5,000, with requests in excess of $5,000 considered in some circumstances. An application and a complete list of guidelines is available at https://www.eriesportscommission.com/contact/facility-matching-funds/.