Erb Family Foundation donates $3 million to Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

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Other new grants include:

• $450,000 to American Forests and $450,000 to The Greening of Detroit to support the restoration of Detroit’s tree canopy as part of the Detroit Reforestation Tree Equity Initiative, which is developing an urban forestry management approach for the city ​​of Detroit that prioritizes social, economic and environmental equity outcomes. The project will conduct community engagement to help residents understand the benefits of strengthened tree canopy for stormwater management, climate resilience, and health outcomes and the planting of at least 7,000 trees through the Greening of Detroit, the foundation said.

• $800,000 in grants to support jazz education for youth, emerging artists and educators in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, including $140,000 grants to the Carr Center, Detroit Jazz Festival, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University’s Community Music School-Detroit and Music Hall; and $84,000 to Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.

• $250,000 to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to support the Great Lakes Way effort to connect blueways and greenways from Lake Huron to Lake Erie.

• $120,000 to the Belle Isle Conservancy to promote education, partnership and campaigns that inspire stewardship of Belle Isle’s land and water.

• $105,000 to the Michigan Environmental Council to help the Planet Detroit Environmental News Hub produce news stories and social media content that raises awareness of environmental and public health issues facing metro Detroit communities.

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