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Giving Network Funding Request Guidelines

Funding and Eligibility

Erie Insurance believes in the value of a strong community. Our Erie Insurance Giving Network supports this belief through our annual giving to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and to non-501(c)3 municipalities for various services and programs.

You’re bound to have questions about how the application process works. Here is an overview of some of details that you will be asked to share with us as part of your funding request.

Any organization within our geographic footprint—including accredited educational institutions, nonprofit, tax exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and non-501(c)3 municipalities — may submit a request annually for funding. Please allow four to eight weeks for requests to be processed. Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Requests from organizations outside of Erie County, Pennsylvania, will be directed to our nearest field office location.

Organizations Eligible to Apply

The Erie Insurance Giving Network considers charitable contributions to:

Organizations that ERIE Does Not Fund

The Erie Insurance Giving Network does not fund:

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate commitment to their communities by ensuring their governing bodies include representatives from within the communities they serve.

Information That You Will Need to Provide

To complete a funding request, you will need to provide details about your organization such as:

You’ll also need to provide information about your project such as:

How to Apply

In 2020, ERIE improved functionality for our Grant Making Program and began a partnership with Benevity. The improvements include an online funding application that replaced the Request Funds PDF.

Nonprofit 501(c)3 Organizations

If you’re a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization requesting funds for a program, project or event sponsorship, you will need to register within the Benevity Causes Portal before completing ERIE’s Request Funds Application. Please see the Benevity Causes Portal and Nonprofit Support information below.

Non-501(c)3 Municipalities

If you’re a non-501(c)3 municipality requesting funds for various services and programs, you do not need to register within Benevity’s Causes Portal. You can apply by completing and submitting a Request Funds Application. Please allow four to eight weeks for processing requests.

Benevity Causes Portal and Charity Support

The Benevity Causes Portal is where 501(c)3 nonprofits will be vetted against ERIE’s Giving Network Charitable Giving Guidelines and can provide a cause profile, preferred payment information and can include impact stories for potential funders.

By registering your non-profit on the Benevity Causes Portal, you will be able to receive funds from all of Benevity’s clients, export donation details each month, and add information on your nonprofit’s mission and impact. Follow the “Register Your Charity” guide to setup your nonprofit profile in the Causes Portal.

If you have any questions regarding Benevity and the Causes Portal, or need any support, please visit the Benevity Resource Hub or reach out to the Charity Relations Team at

Apply for Funding

Once your 501(c)3 nonprofit is registered within Benevity’s Causes Portal, you can apply for funding by completing and submitting a Request Funds Application. If you’re requesting sponsorship for a non-profit event, you’ll need to provide your organization’s IRS W-9 Form, which can uploaded when completed the funding application.

Requests of $10,000 or more

For requests of $10,000 or more, you will be required to upload budget information and a logic model during the application process. Only submissions using the provided templates will be accepted.

If funding is approved, you will need to commit to a grant agreement, which will be sent to you for signature, and complete an Outcomes Report. You will be notified regarding your Outcomes Report due date, which is generally in February following funding. Refer to the Outcomes Toolkit for resources to assist you with your 

You can submit a funding request under $10,000 for consideration at any time. The deadlines to submit funding requests of $10,000 or more are:

Application Process

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