Erb Family Foundation - Environment Grants

Erb Family Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Michigan: Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County Other eligible locations: Michigan, Lake County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Adams County, Allen County, DeKalb County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




To nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in Metropolitan Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem.

We will only consider requests from eligible non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for:

  • The development or significant expansion of programs that meet our desired outcomes.
  • General operating support for organizations whose core work fits our mission. Matching funds or other conditions may be required for these grants.

Environment Program

Desired Outcome: An environmentally healthy City of Detroit, Metropolitan Detroit region, and Great Lakes Ecosystem.

Great Lakes

Desired Outcome: Improved water quality in the Great Lakes basin, especially the watersheds impacting Metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario, through the elimination of polluted run-off and other threats, resiliency to climate change, and individual and institutional stewardship.

The Foundation will consider support for activities that:

  • Promote “green” infrastructure, primarily through low-impact development, to achieve community development as well as water quality goals;
  • Inform and engage individuals, business and government about how their daily activities, choices and policies can help improve their watershed;
  • Improve binational cooperation and policies on the Canadian and U.S. sides of the border to improve water quality; and
  • Align environmental research, policy and practice to work toward a healthy Great Lakes.

Environmental Health, Justice & Equitable Development

Desired Outcome: Sustainable (“triple bottom line”) development, sustainable business models, and public policies that are socially equitable and sensitive to environmental and public health concerns in the Metropolitan Detroit region.

The Foundation will consider support for projects that:

  • Promote sustainable (“triple bottom line”) development – development that balances present and future sustainable business models, environmental and social outcomes;
  • Encourage entrepreneurial and responsible business solutions to the region’s environmental issues;
  • Build a healthy and equitable local food system based on sustainable solutions;
  • Strengthen collaborative, community-based efforts working at the intersection of environmental justice, sustainable business and public health, that align research, policy and practice, and develop local environmental citizenship, advocacy and leadership; and
  • Promote cooperation and collaboration between consumers, the business community and government agencies to develop policies and practices, encourage green chemistry and address significant environmental toxins and pollutants.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:
    • Be recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation.
    • Have a current financial audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant.
      • For organizations with yearly revenues under $500,000, we will accept a financial review in lieu of an audit.
    • Have had total revenues of at least $100,000 for the preceding year.
    • In policy and practice not discriminate based on age, race, creed, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
  • Geographic Area:
    • The Metropolitan Detroit area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties and the watersheds impacting those areas and Bayfield, Ontario.
    • The Foundation also will  consider select environmental programs that benefit the Great Lakes Basin as a whole.
  • We generally do not fund 100% of a program’s cost.
  • We will consider multi-year grants where appropriate.


  • We generally do not provide support directly to individuals or units of government, nor for loans, grants to support religious activities, capital projects, research (unless solicited by the Foundation), fundraising events, or conferences.