Assistance & Funding for Businesses & Organizations

Below are links to resources and funding that have been made available for businesses, organizations, and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.


  • The 2020 COVID-19 Immediate Human Relief Fund will focus on four main priority areas to protect Erie County’s most vulnerable populations affected by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The funding categories are as follows: 1.) Food security and emergency food distribution; 2.) Homeless shelters; 3.) Child care; and 4.) Elder care
  • Funds can be used for additional staff time and/or personnel required during this emergency, supplies, messaging and communications, professional consultants, contracted services, food and personal care items, and transportation.
  • There will be no required match for this grant program.
  • Applicants must be either 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations, municipalities, or municipal authorities.
  • For more information, please contact Tom Maggio at or 814-897-2694
  • Click HERE to Apply ONLINE


  • March 23, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the disaster declaration for Pennsylvania, making EIDLs available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • Please visit to apply for an EIDL loan. 
  • For additional information, please visit  
  • For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail


  • Grant funds will be prioritized to:
    • Provide food to those in need
    • Care of our children
    • Serve the elderly, who are the most vulnerable population to COVID-19
    • Help those suffering from hardships and job loss due to the COVID-19
  • Now through April 1 — Applications will be accepted. 
  • No grant match is required.
  • While a limit on size of grants has not been set, awards will be assessed based on need, funds available, etc.
  • Funds may be used for both service delivery and salaries/overhead as essential to emergency response and viability.
  • A community review committee will access the proposals. Award decisions will be made by April 3.
  • Click HERE to Apply


Through Erie Arts & Culture’s newly formed Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship. This fund is made possible through generous donor contributions to the Erie Arts Endowment.
To be approved for assistance, individuals must meet three key criteria.

  1. Demonstrate that they are a creative or cultural professional
  2. Demonstrate that they have experienced a disruption to their income stream
  3. Demonstrate a need for assistance