Published in The Detroit News | August 30, 2013
Ford Foundation gives Detroit money to probe grant process
By Christine Ferretti
Detroit—The Ford Foundation is paying a consulting firm $127,000 to review and recommend ways to improve the city’s administration of federal grants, an area in which Detroit has forfeited money because of poor oversight.
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr said Boston-based Public Consulting Group is expected to get started on the study next month and provide an initial report to the city within 60 days on how to “get a grasp on our grants.”
The findings, Orr said, will give the city a plan to effectively administer $293 million in annual federal grant funding. Orr said he doesn’t believe any of the city’s 71 grant programs comply with federal rules.
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