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Ball Brothers Foundation awards millions

MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded more than $6 million to local nonprofits, schools and other organizations in its final grant round this year to help them with challenges caused by COVID-19, and for improving quality of life in communities. 

“Even throughout the pandemic, our board remains keenly aware of our long-term commitments to improving the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County,” said Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer of Ball Brothers Foundation. “During our October board meeting, the board considered a range of requests that address immediate needs as well as projects that pave the way for a brighter future.”

The foundation has awarded $2 million worth of multi-year funding to the Ball State University Foundation, including $1.8 million for innovation and its strategic plan. The remaining $200,000 will go to support the Mearns-Proud Scholarship program which provides scholarships to first-generation students from Muncie Community Schools who attend Ball State.

The remainder of the funding went to these organizations:

Local child care centers

  • Destiny Christian – $10,000
  • Glad Tidings Kids – $10,000
  • Huffer Memorial Children’s Center – $15,000
  • United Day Care Center – $15,000
  • YMCA-Mitchell Early Learning Center – $15,000

Public education – 

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  • The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County – $25,000

Nonprofit organizations –

  • The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County – $50,000

Arts & Culture organizations –

  • Cornerstone Center for the Arts – $100,000 
  • Minnetrista – $2,700,000 
  • Muncie Arts & Culture Council – $15,000 
  • Muncie Symphony Orchestra – $30,000 

Addressing water quality –

  • Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District – $25,000 
  • The Nature Conservancy – $30,000 

Healthcare education – 

  • Luke Bracken Wiese Fund for Juvenile Diabetes at Riley Hospital for Children – $100,000 
  • Ball State University – $40,000 
  • IU School of Medicine-Muncie – $40,000 
  • IU Health Foundation: $40,000 
  • Ivy Tech – $40,000

Human services – 

  • Inside Out – $75,000 
  • Second Harvest – $40,000 

Advancing local workforce – 

  • ECI Regional Partnership – $75,000 
  • ecoRehab – $50,000
  • Innovation Connector – $50,000 
  • Purdue Polytechnic – $30,000 

Neighborhood revitalization – 

  • Greater Muncie, IN Habitat for Humanity – $45,000 
  • Muncie Sports Commission – $35,000

Preliminary applications for the foundation’s next grant round, which will be awarded in the spring, will be accepted beginning Jan. 1 and due Feb. 15.  Click here for more information. 

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