How to use Emerge 2040

Grant Applications: What you need to know

In 2015, Destination Erie: A Regional Vision was released. This comprehensive plan for Erie County includes 42 recommendations that address areas of importance identified by over 3,500 Erie County residents during the planning process. These recommendations address:

  • Economic Growth and Job Development
  • Education and Training
  • Vibrant and Safe Communities
  • Land Use, Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Environment
  • Arts, Culture, and Recreation
  • Community Health
  • Regional Collaboration and Leadership

Does your project align with the Emerge 2040 / Destination Erie recommendations to create a more prosperous and resilient region?

Referencing Erie County’s regional plan for sustainability may strengthen your application and increase the chance that your project will be funded!

Emerge 2040, a public/private partnership, was created after the Destination Erie plan to increase the awareness and understanding of the community’s agenda for a prosperous and resilient Erie region and to guide the implementation of the plan.

For all grants:

First, identify ways in which your project aligns with the goals outlined in Destination Erie.  (Please contact us if you have questions about the goals or recommendations). In your grant narrative, reference the plan and discuss the ways in which the plan supports your specific project.

For federal grants:

  1. In addition to adding language to the narrative as described above, check the funding notice to see whether additional points are awarded to areas with “Preferred Sustainability Status” (PSS). Organizations working on projects located within Erie County have Preferred Sustainability Status because Erie County was a recipient of a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant which funded the Destination Erie planning process.
  1. If the grant awards points for PSS, include in your application the “Certification of Consistency with Sustainable Communities Planning and Implementation” available by contacting Emerge 2040.
  1. Note: Whether or not the grant awards points for PSS, you may wish to include the Certification, particularly for grants funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, and Environmental Protection Agency, the original partners in the Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Sample language for inclusion in a grant application:

“In spring of 2015 the Erie region completed a large-scale strategic planning process involving thousands of community members and over 80 partnering agencies. The effort, which resulted in a 25 year plan for sustainable development entitled “Destination Erie: A Regional Vision,” was supported by a $1.8 million U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Initiative grant. The final plan identifies a vision for the Erie Region’s future based on local values identified by over 3,500 participants during the three-year planning process, and provides a set of recommendations that address the areas of critical importance to advance the community’s shared goals.”

[Applicant should explain how the project that is the subject of the grant application connects with the goals/recommendations in the Destination Erie plan.]


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

Anna Frantz, Executive Director

Emerge 2040

Ph: 814 454-7191 ext. 143