The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced grants totaling $6 million in support of local nonprofits, schools, workforce development organizations, and the arts.
Grant recipients include the Ball State University Foundation, which was awarded $1.8 million in support of Ball State's efforts to take advantage of future opportunities aligned with its strategic plan, and Muncie Community Schools and Burris Laboratory School, which were awarded $470,000 and $200,000, respectively, to help them adapt to emerging needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation also awarded a grant of $200,000 in support of the Mearns-Proud Scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to first-generation students in the Muncie Community school district.
Other awards include a grant of $2.7 million to Minnetrista, a forty-acre recreational complex in Muncie; a grant of $50,000 to the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County to expand its fundraising training and programs for local nonprofit organizations; a grant of $100,000 to the Luke Bracken Wiese Fund for Juvenile Diabetes at Riley Hospital for Children in support of treatments and interventions for children who have been diagnosed with or are at genetic risk of developing Type 1 diabetes; and a grant of $100,000 to the Cornerstone Center for the Arts for operating costs and building maintenance.
"In 1918, during the last global pandemic, the Ball brothers gifted the land that became Ball State University. Today, during another global pandemic, we continue to share this belief that education has the power to transform the lives of individuals and this community," said Ball Brothers Foundation president and chief operating officer Jud Fisher. "We believe the future of Ball State and the future of Muncie are inextricably linked."
(Photo credit: Burris Laboratory School)