The Bellevue, Wash.-based Ballmer Group has made more than $16 million in grants in Southeast Michigan in its inaugural round of funding aimed at helping impoverished children and families in the region rise out of poverty. The grants come after 9-10 months of meeting with other stakeholders to leverage and forge collaborations, fact-finding conversations and data review to inform its grants. The group is focusing its grants and seeking collaborations aimed at scaling the country’s most effective interventions, accelerating place-based neighborhood interventions and improving the efficacy and efficiency of public systems and programs that support low-income communities.

Fisher Foundation partner grants include:

City Year Detroit: to scale its presence in Detroit in a sustainable way, increasing the number of kids that receive help with third grade reading and math and connections to social services supports.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: to promote broad census participation, especially among hard to reach populations, across the region and align federal funding to need.

Michigan League for Public Policy: to include voices of low to moderate income families in Detroit in state policy decision-making.

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