Harry John Erbe Charitable Trust

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To provide grants to tax-exempt organizations supporting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.

Annual application deadlines

August 31

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Human services
International/foreign affairs
Public/society benefit

States served


Geographic limitations

There are no geographic restrictions; however, the trust has a practice of supporting organizations located in Pennsylvania, particularly within the city of Harrisburg.


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee Members

Grantee selections are made by a committee of three Harrisburg, Pennsylvania residents.

The Harry John Erbe Charitable Trust awards grants to organizations supporting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $10,000
Average number of grants per year: 2

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by August 31 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in October.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

Under the terms of his Will, Mr. Erbe created a perpetual charitable trust. A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Erbe died in November 1969, but his generosity will continue to benefit the community for many years to come.