The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced grants totaling $6 million to more than fifty nonprofits in the state, including several grants in support of Muncie Action Planinitiatives designed to improve the quality of life in the area.
Through its Cycle I grant program, the foundation awarded $2.6 million to the Minnetrista Cultural Center for operating, capital, and collections expenses; $150,000 to the Ivy Tech Foundation for the organization's Muncie capital campaign; $100,000 to Cardinal Greenway, Inc. for general operating support; and $50,000 for the second phase of a science and math exhibit at the Muncie Children's Museum. Other grantees include the Arc of Indiana, which received $80,000 in support of its hospitality training institute; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County, which was awarded $60,000 for a community-based mentor program; and the Delaware County Emergency Management agency, which received $100,000 in support of community preparedness education.
The foundation also awarded a number of special grants, including $5,000 to Bridges Community Services for a rapid re-housing/homelessness-prevention program; $3,505 to the Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District for a public awareness project; $3,000 to Women in Business Unlimited for the organization's Catalyst for Empowering Women program; and $1,000 to Liberty Perry Community Schools for the winner of its Excellence in Teaching award.
In addition, the foundation awarded $1 million to Ball State University for improvements to the university's sports programs and facilities as outlined in the Muncie Action Plan and the foundation's Quality of Place Initiative. "We're convinced that people want to live, learn, work, and play in a community that offers a range of entertainment options," said BBF president Jud Fisher. "Recruiting talented student-athletes and coaches, creating a comfortable environment to watch sports, and improving the overall look of the campus are assets that directly contribute to economic growth and sustainability."
For a complete list of grants and grant recipients, visit the Ball Brothers Foundation Web site.