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Application Portal for Facility Matching Funds Program Closes Soon

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Erie, Pa: The Erie Sports Commission is still accepting applications for its Facility Matching Funds Program. The application portal will be closing next week on March 31.

The Facility Matching Funds Program was created with the intention of attracting new events that will drive new out-of-town tournaments or grow existing events and visitors to our region. The program offers $60,000 in matching funds available to assist local sports facilities with renovations, equipment upgrades or new construction.

Applicants can request matching funds up to $15,000, with requests more than $15,000 considered in rare circumstances. In addition, applicants must be located within Erie County, Pennsylvania and have facilities available to host tournaments and events that generate tourism.

The program awarded seven dollar-for-dollar matching grants totaling $60,000 in 2023 and has awarded a total of $105,700 since its inception in 2018. Past recipients include Ascend Climbing, Erie Sports Center, LECOM Sports Park (formerly ERIEBANK Sports Park), Around the Post, Erie Gymnastics Center, Millcreek Youth Athletic Association and Lake Erie Speedway.

For more information and to apply, visit