The Department of Environment and Planning's Division of Planning provides financial assistance and strategic focus and direction to Erie County’s cultural sector to promote the economic and cultural benefits of the County’s tourism, arts, culture, and heritage industry.

  • Our new page, Presenting, provides a catalog of organizations and current virtual and other programming!
  • Arts Services Initiatives of WNY provides a page of resources for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19.

The County's Arts & Cultural Advisory Board accepts applications in late winter/spring. View Important Dates and News below.

If you would like to apply and be contacted by email when the new application is available, please email with your name, organization, and position.

Recent Cultural Funding Grantees

Important Dates




  • Board Members sought - view the full description at onBoard
  • Arts Sector COVID-19 Resources & current Programming - Please visit for a list of resources for arts organizations, as well as virtual programming from arts organizations for the general public listed on our new page, Presenting.
  • Erie County Proposed Budget - published on 10/15/20, the Proposed County Budget Book A lists the Culturals funding on pages 332-333 (pdf page 344-345)