Erb Family Foundation Grants Over $6.6M to Nonprofit Organizations in the Region

Erb Family Foundation Grants Over $6.6M to Nonprofit Organizations in the Region

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation announced $6.6 million in new and ongoing grants during its January 2024 grant cycle.  

“We are continually inspired by the progress and impact our grant partners are having in communities in the Great Lakes region and are honored to support work that Fred and Barbara Erb would have found compelling,” said Melissa Damaschke, president of the Erb Family Foundation. 

The Foundation is excited to provide grant funding to both longtime and new nonprofit partners.  

People First Economy received $300,000 over two years to support small businesses in Southeast Michigan with the goal of creating sustainable, lasting, and equitable economic growth. Through grant funding, the organization will launch at least two Good for Michigan cohorts for regional participants and expand the resources available to small and local businesses in the region. 

Alliance for the Great Lakes received $600,000 over four years for monitoring efforts and work to establish baseline water quality conditions in the Bear/Black Creek and Saline River sub watersheds. This data will inform conservation practices that are needed to improve the health of the Western Lake Erie Basin. 

Wayne State University received $100,000 to engage residents in Detroit’s first watershed management plan on the city’s eastside. 

In the January 2024 grants cycle, Erb Family Foundation is also supporting the following organizations, among others: