Erb Family Foundation Awards the HP $125,000 in Operational, Matching Grants

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Detroit, Michigan (October 8, 2014).  After an emotionally and financially taxing year and a half, the Heidelberg Project (HP) is set to receive much needed funding for bolstering organizational capacity. In light of extreme security expenditures and dwindling arts and culture funding in the region, the Erb Family Foundation continues to stand with the HP to ensure that the organization continues its important work.

The Heidelberg Project will receive a $50,000 direct grant, in addition to a one-to-four matching grant. This means that for every four dollars contributed by donors, the Erb Family Foundation will donate an additional dollar to help the HP expand its funding base.  Additionally, other foundation grants are deemed eligible for up to $25,000 of the match, making the challenge more obtainable within one year.  It’s an excellent incentive for individual donors, corporations, and foundations alike.

“We are especially thankful to the Erb Family Foundation,” says Heidelberg Project Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield. “Not only are they our largest funder, but each year they have increased their investment in the HP. They were the first major foundation to step up to the plate in 2009, but they also do their homework. Jodee Raines has her boots to the ground and pays attention to the work we do," Whitfield notes. "I think when foundations invest at this level, they are in a position to share what they learn with others in their field. The Heidelberg Project organization is committed to integrity, transparency and doing good work and we are deeply appreciative that the Erb Foundation recognizes and rewards our effort.”

Now in a fifth consecutive year of major support, the president of the Erb Family Foundation shares his views: "The Heidelberg Project represents what is so promising about our city; it was born of persistence, determination and creativity," explains John Erb. "We believe the Heidelberg Project is an important and unique cultural asset that has helped transform the way people see the city of Detroit."

Support from the Erb Family Foundation will help the Heidelberg Project continue building its internal capacity, which makes programming and community engagement possible. Funding will also assist with the HP’s larger vision of sustaining the canvas and securing its legacy for generations to come.

The Heidelberg Project is a 501 (c) 3 Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community. Find us on

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes basin. The Foundation is focused on improving water quality, especially in the watersheds impacting metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario; promoting environmental health and justice; and supporting the arts as a means to strengthen the metropolitan Detroit region.