The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced a final round of 2019 grants to community organizations focused on arts and culture, education, health, human services, and public society benefit, as well as two grants to Muncie Community Schools.
The awards to MCS include a grant of $100,000 to help establish an endowment for a director of public education/CEO position and a second endowment grant of $50,000 for the director to serve jointly as a clinical professor of educational leadership and innovation in Ball State University's Teacher College. The first endowment will be administered by the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, while the second will be managed by the Ball State University Foundation.
"This is a unique recognition of the importance of this high-level position at a critical turning point in the district," said Ball Brothers Foundation president and chief operating officer Jud Fisher. "As a foundation, we believe this is an exciting, unprecedented move for our community. We are happy to support the endeavor and to also see where these grants take Muncie Community Schools in the future."
Other awards announced by the foundation include an operating and capital support grant of $2.7 million to Minnetrista, a forty-acre recreational complex in Muncie; a grant of $50,000 to Ivy Tech Community College for an expansion of its Certified Nursing Assistant program; a grant of $600,000 to Cardinal Greenway in support of a pedestrian bridge and the next phase of the Kitselman Trailhead project; and a grant of $25,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank for facility upgrades.