The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced grants totaling $2.2 million to twenty-one nonprofit organizations in the state.
Grants announced by the foundation, which will celebrate its ninetieth anniversary in November, reflect its founders' priorities and include nine in the area of education. Recipients include Muncie Community Schools, which was awarded $350,000 in support of continuous improvement and innovation initiatives; the Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative, which was awarded a $50,000 operating support grant; and Shafer Leadership Academy, which was awarded a $40,000 capacity-building support grant.
The foundation also awarded two grants in the area of health, wellness, and the environment, including one of $100,000 to the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association (Riley Children's Foundation); three to arts and cultural organizations, including $200,000 to the Cornerstone Center for the Arts; and three to help meet human service needs, including a $100,000 matching grant to the United Way of Delaware County. The remaining grants, including a grant of $100,000 to Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity, will support efforts to improve quality of life in the city and county.
"The dollars have escalated but the focus is the same," said Jud Fisher, Ball Brothers Foundation president and chief operating officer. "As an example, one of the foundation's earliest grants in the late 1920s was for $25,000 and benefited Muncie's public schools association. Ninety years later we're investing more than $900,000 in education initiatives that range from early childhood development to afterschool tutoring to vocational training to an adult leadership series. Our board, which includes third- and fourth-generation Ball family members, wants to keep pace with changes in the community while being mindful of our founders' priorities."