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To submit an application for 2016 Erie County Cultural Funding, enter your organization’s information below, upload the required documents, and click “Submit.”

Download the fillable PDF Application. Print and fill out this document prior to entering your application online. Note that you must download the document and complete it before uploading, rather than completing in-browser.

Helpful Hints:

  • Finish filling out the application, writing essays, and gathering attachments before you begin to enter your information online.
  • Please double check that you've provided an answer for each of the essay questions
  • All attachments must be submitted in Word or PDF formats only. If you attempt to attach an excel, jpeg, or any other file type, the website will reject your application.
  • If you get an error when trying to submit your application, please review your attachment file names. It is best to use few spaces and minimal punctuation. (e.g. AttachmentA.doc or AttachB.pdf or Essays.docx) Please simplify your file names and resubmit.
  • Form extensions for application parts 5 and 6 are available here:

If you have questions about the application process, contact the Department of Environment and Planning at (716) 858-6716 or


All applications must be received by WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. 
Late or incomplete applications will negatively affect your score.

This website will be closed for application submissions after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015

Applicant Briefing

An applicant briefing for all interested organizations is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216. Attendance is not mandatory, but encouraged.

Electronic Submission

All applications are to be submitted via this website. Should this create a hardship for your organization, please contact our department at the phone number or email address listed above.

All application information must be entered and submitted in one session. You will NOT be able to save a partial application and come back to it later. Please be mindful that the webpage may time out if your application is not submitted in a timely fashion.

Please note you are required to submit all items marked with an asterisk (*). If you do not submit required items, your application will be rejected. Failure to submit all other items will result in an incomplete application and will have a negative impact on your score.

New York State Non-Profit Revitalization Act

The New York State Non-Profit Revitalization Act became effective July 1, 2014. As this Act pertains to all 501(c)(3) organizations, Erie County expects all organizations to certify compliance with the NYS Non-Profit Revitalization Act. Organizations should be prepared to provide evidence of compliance with specific components of the Act.

Sunshine Provision:

Please be advised that any information you provide may be subject to public discussion as well as disclosure pursuant to New York State Public Officers Law.

Pay Equity Certification

Please be advised that if your Organization is awarded funding, you must sign the Erie County Equal Pay Certification, stating that your organization is in compliance with federal law, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Federal Executive Order 11246 of September 24, 1965 and New York State Labor Law Section 194 (together “ Equal Pay Law”). View the Executive Order

Recognition for County Grants:

Please also be advised that if your Organization is awarded funding, you must commit to acknowledging Erie County as a funding source on your organization’s website, marketing materials, and/or other publications.


  • Be located and provide services in Erie County
  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization with tax-exempt status prior to July 2012
  • Have a board-approved strategic plan
  • Meet ONE of the following definitions of a Cultural Organization
    • An organization that operates on a countywide or recognizable community level, which by the nature of its cultural activities and/or collections, is unique, distinctive and of significant quality
    • An organization that provides visitors with access to programs and displays of the performing, visual, literary and media arts, and/or to exhibits and collections, which preserve and interpret our cultural, natural and scientific heritage
    • An organization that particularly serves the cultural needs of significant segments of the County population, thereby contributing to the quality of life in Buffalo and Erie County



Please upload your completed application.


Please upload your essays in PDF or Microsoft Word Format. All essays should be contained in one document, and each response is not to exceed 2,000 characters including spaces.


Please upload the following attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
Note that incomplete applications will negatively affect your score.

Must state date of adoption.
Must state date of adoption

Attachment G: Please upload up to three samples showing acknowledgement of County Funding. If you are a first-time applicant, please attach a document outlining your plans to acknowledge County Funding.


Please ensure that all required fields contain an entry before clicking "Submit". When your application has been submitted, a webpage will open containing the following message: "Thank you, your submission has been received." If you do not receive this message, please check your application for completion. Missing items will be outlined in red and attachments will need to be uploaded again.