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Investing In Our Future

For more than 95 years, Erie Insurance has been committed to doing the right things in the communities we serve.

At Erie Insurance, we’re committed to doing the right things in the communities we serve. For more than 95 years, Erie Insurance has recognized the importance of education to lifelong success.  That’s why we’re excited to announce a new opportunity for nonprofits to help impact our community’s goal of eliminating poverty through education. Access to high-quality primary education and supporting children’s overall well-being is a globally recognized solution to the cycle of poverty. This is, in part, because it also addresses many of the other issues that can keep communities and families vulnerable. We believe this new initiative, along with our other investments in economic development, will help to multiply efforts to create a more vibrant, inclusive and sustainable community. 

We’ve learned from United Way of Erie County’s community school model, which separates school metrics into four domains: student, family, school, and school district. Experience and research from United Way, as affirmed by Erie’s Public Schools and ERIE’s own research, indicates that addressing barriers to academic success in a student’s personal life positively impacts their academic performance, their families, and the school in general. The objective of ERIE’s Strategic Giving pilot program is to help us ‘move the needle’ on education in the defined areas of need within our Erie region. To that end, funds are available to help address two focus areas: alignment between core instructional programming and out-of-school time activities, and school readiness.



Interested organizations must complete the online form by 8:00 AM on May 10, 2021. Please mention that you’re applying for an Investing in Our Future grant.


Consideration for funding and the amount thereof will be determined by, among other things, the quality of the proposal, organizational capacity to execute, number of applications received, amount of funds requested, and clear alignment with our targeted goals of improving educational success in Erie.  Organizations who are unsure of the alignment between their program and this grant opportunity are invited to apply or contact us to discuss their request.


Questions about this program can be directed to