Category: Programs

June 5, 2019August 5, 2019
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Great Lakes Watersheds Map

We like to say that everyone lives on waterfront property. This is because everything people do on their land – no matter if it’s located on a river or lake or not – ends up in one of the Great Lakes. To illustrate this, we worked with The Nature Conservancy to create a new map...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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United Community Housing Coalition

There have been 135,000 tax foreclosures in Detroit since 2009, and more than 50,000 occupied homes are stuck in chronic tax delinquency. Michelle Daine Bell was one of those homeowners.  In 2018, United Community Housing Coalition worked with nearly 5,000 households to resolve tax and mortgage foreclosures, allowing Detroiters like Michelle to buy their homes...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Trunino Lowe

Trunino Lowe is a young trumpet player from Detroit’s east side. A junior at Wayne State University studying jazz performance, Trunino began playing trumpet in the sixth grade through a program at the Carr Center. Throughout his high school years, Trunino joined youth jazz ensembles at Michigan State University’s Community Music School: Detroit and the Detroit...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Art is Everywhere in Detroit

Because the arts are a critical part of quality of life, we provide unrestricted financial support for Detroit arts and cultural organizations. Since 2010, we have partnered with the Kresge Foundation on a shared application, review, and reporting process for arts general operating grants. In addition to streamlining the process for applicants, our partnership with...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Community HeART Highland Park

A native Detroiter and renowned jazz bassist, Marion Hayden lives in Highland Park with her husband, artist M. Saffell Gardner. Together, the couple served as review panelists for the inaugural Community heART Highland Park program (CAHP). From June to August 2018, the $50,000 regrant program funded murals, community art trails, outdoor art festivals, and arts...

February 15, 2019February 15, 2019
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Land + Water WORKS

Janlynn Miller, a long-time resident on Detroit’s east side, is a natural educator who understands the importance of peer learning. Janlynn is one of 40 ambassadors trained through the Land + Water WORKS Coalition to teach their neighbors about GSI and help them install rain gardens and rain barrels. The ambassadors receive a performance-based stipend,...

November 26, 2018November 26, 2018
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Museum Stormwater Initiative Launch

On November 14, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history and Michigan Science Center launched the Ripple of Impact: Museum Stormwater Initiative. Guided by research showing that museums are trusted spaces for learning and conversation, the event brought together diverse perspectives on water access and stewardship in Detroit. The Museum Stormwater Initiative centers...

September 14, 2018September 14, 2018
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New Report Summarizes State-Run Voluntary Agricultural Stewardship Programs

Toxic green slime is growing in lakes all over the country, including Lake Erie. It prevents us from recreational activities like swimming and fishing, and in some cases, contaminates our drinking water supply. Polluted runoff from agricultural fields and urban areas fuels the growth of these harmful algal blooms. Our foundation has supported over $14 million...

February 28, 2018March 5, 2018
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DPTV Secret Gardens

Detroit’s innovative bioretention gardens were featured in “Secret Gardens,” produced by Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau and aired February 28, 2018 through the PBS Sci Tech Now program. A 2015 Erb grant helped create The Great Lakes Bureau to create, curate and distribute timely, topical stories about the Great Lakes ecology, economy and cultural history, building...

February 26, 2018February 26, 2018
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Detroit Arts Memo

We are pleased to share this memo illustrating financial, operational, and programmatic themes in the Detroit arts sector. Published by the Kresge and Erb Family Foundations, the report is the result of a joint review of 68 metro Detroit arts organizations, encompassing a wide range of budget sizes, geographies, and disciplines. Erb’s partnership with Kresge is designed...