Event Support

Grants are available for tourism or sports-related organizations to help promote events to potential visitors from outside Erie, in the form of teams, participants, spectators, or accompanying family members. It is designed to help support and enhance organizations in attracting sports opportunities that meet one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Generate significant overnight hotel visitation from out-of-area participants and spectators.
  2. Generate regional and/or national media exposure for Erie County.
  3. Increase out-of-area visitor spending.

The goal of the grant is to attract high quality amateur sporting events, competitions, conferences, and meetings that, in turn, advance and promote year-round tourism, economic impact and quality of life in Erie County through sport.

Sports Tourism Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are awarded at the total discretion of the committee. These grants are not sponsorships. Sports Tourism Grants are not to be used as prize money, to purchase awards, fund social or hospitality gatherings at events, purchase local advertising or any other area not directly related to attracting visitors to the Erie area.

Basic Grant Guidelines

  • Applications are accepted year-round
  • Grants will be reviewed and awarded at monthly Erie Sports Commission Committee meetings
  • Applications and supportive materials must be submitted to the Erie Sports Commission preferably 12 months in advance, but in no case, should be later than 120 days prior to the event you are requesting a grant. Higher considerations may be given to those events that occur outside of our peak season (May-September).
  • The ESC Grant Committee will review and determine potential funding status of an event. Approved applications will receive an Event Contract, Post Event Report form, ESC logos and Sample Out-of-Area Participant Survey to complete as part of the grant requirements.
  • Amount of funding available will be determined by the grant review committee and is available only once per calendar year to any given organization.

Allowable/Dis-allowable Expenses

  • Allowable Expenses
    • Promotion, Marketing, and Programming outside of Erie County
    • Paid advertising and media buys outside of Erie County or that has reach outside of the Erie area
    • Production and Technical expense
    • Site fees/costs
    • Rights fees and Sanction fees
    • Travel for special officials or performers as approved by the ESC Sports Tourism Grant Committee

Note: The categories for reimbursement will be listed in your agreement. Once a category has been approved, it cannot be changed. Only those categories listed will be reimbursed. If you are in doubt, it is strongly encouraged you check before submitting your grant.

  • Dis-allowable Expenses
    • General operating or administrative expenses
    • Building, renovating, and/or remodeling a facility
    • Purchase of permanent equipment
    • Debts that occurred prior to the event
    • Printed program which solicits advertising
    • Off-site hospitality or social functions which include alcohol
    • Expenses of Erie teams or organizations traveling outside of the area to compete

Overview of Grant Terms

  • Include the Erie Sports Commission logo on all printed materials and in all paid press and electronic broadcasts as well as website link to ESC website pertaining to the event (a copy of the ESC logo will be provided if possible).
  • Permitting the Erie Sports Commission to hang signage at the event and be given sponsorship benefits as per the value of the grant (or televised commercials/mentions where necessary) if appropriate.
  • Grant recipient must work with the Erie Sports Commission to secure all room blocks. The event must maximize usage of all the Erie County hotel properties before the need to go outside the county lines becomes necessary.
  • Guarantee a complete and accurate accounting of the event’s financial activity to the Erie Sports Commission.
  • Provide documentation of all the direct impact of the event on Erie County tourism.
  • Agree to notify the Erie Sports Commission immediately if the event is canceled, rescheduled, or downsized.
  • Hold harmless the Erie Sports Commission from all claims, liabilities, causes of action and judgments arising out of the event.
  • The Erie Sports Commission reserves the right for additional sponsorship considerations as mutually agreed upon. For example, additional VIP passes for additional representatives as necessary.
  • Event must include a survey to participants during events to gather information from out of town participants to be utilized solely by the Erie Sports Commission.


Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director
Erie Sports Commission
208 E. Bayfront Pkwy
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

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