Erie, Pa: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce the re-establishment of its Facility Matching Funds Program, which provides grant funding to Erie County facilities capable of hosting sporting events. The program will provide matching dollars for facility improvements, including new equipment purchases. A total of $10,000 is available for qualified applicants.
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 facilitated with ESC matching funds 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 ESC.
“The Erie Sports Commission relies on a myriad of outstanding facilities in order to attract new events to the region, and this program is intended to support their continued improvement,” said Mark Jeanneret, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Our primary intent with this program is to grow sports tourism in Erie County, Pa, and we see these facility improvement grants as an important step in doing just that. Any facility with an interest in hosting sporting events should apply.”
The ESC Facility Matching Funds Program has previously awarded grants to ERIEBANK Sports Park, Erie County Elite Athletic Academy (E2A2), David Long Baseball/Softball Complex and the Henry Fish Sports Complex. The program was suspended in 2020 due to repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grant applications are being accepted now through September 3.
The application and a complete list of guidelines is available here.