The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced grants totaling $3.7 million to nearly a dozen organizations during its final grantmaking cycle of 2016.
The awards include $300,000 over five years to the Delaware Advancement Corporation in Muncie County in support of its five-year "Vision 2021" plan, a community improvement initiative that sets aggressive goals for community improvements aimed at retaining residents, providing job and wealth-building opportunities, raising the standard of living in the community, and attracting new talent.
"For well over two decades, BBF funding has helped to drive forward the planning efforts of Delaware Advancement Corporation," said Ball Brothers Foundation president and COO Jud Fisher. "We continue to see DAC as a leader in bringing together the business community, philanthropic groups, government entities, and dedicated citizens to set bold visions for the future of Muncie, Delaware County, and our surrounding region."
The foundation also awarded $500,000 to Cardinal Greenways in support of the Kitselman Trailhead project, which will connect the Cardinal Greenway and White River Greenway via a restored historic bridge spanning the White River; $2.6 million to the Minnetrista Cultural Foundation in operating and capital support; $15,000 to A Better Way, Shelter, Services & Support; $20,000 to the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District; $20,000 to the Prairie Creek Watershed; and $25,000 to the Indiana Historical Society.