The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced grants totaling more than $3.6 million to seventeen nonprofit organizations.
In the foundation's final funding cycle of 2017, grants were made to a variety of organizations and institutions, including Purdue Polytechnic Institute, which was awarded $160,000 in support of workforce programs benefiting residents of Muncie and East Central Indiana. Programs provided by the institute include certificate attainment, associates degrees, a path to bachelor's degree attainment, K-12 outreach, a partnership with PHYXTGEARS and other school-based robotics programs, and support for the local maker movement.
"The grant will help enhance the workforce of East Central Indiana," said Ball Brothers Foundation president and COO Jud Fisher. "This adds depth to our industrial heritage while adjusting for a future of constant innovation in manufacturing. Purdue brings its expertise to the table in the technology and engineering programming that will be available. The courses Purdue will offer complement existing workforce training programs and provide best-in-class opportunities to young adults. Also, I love the fact that they will work with talented groups like the local robotics clubs."
Additional recipients include the Burris Laboratory School ($75,000), in support of the Burris Backyard program; the Cornerstone Center for the Arts ($100,000), for operational support and systems upgrades; the Indiana Regional Partnership ($100,000), in support of regional marketing initiatives; and Minnetrista ($2.6 million), for operational and capital support.