MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded $ 6.5 million in grants for its second round of funding for 2021, for projects such as strengthening local health organizations and supporting schools in the aftermath of the pandemic.

In support of healthcare, the Ball Brothers Foundation awarded six grants of $ 40,000 each to partners of Optimus Primary, a strategic and collaborative partnership aimed at strengthening the training pool of healthcare professionals in Muncie. . The scholarships were awarded to:

  • Ivy Tech Foundation for pursuing its new ultrasound certificate program.
  • Ball State University for expanded programming in Healthy Lifestyle Centers and to further develop a live learning community on the Village Boardwalk for students at IU School of Medicine-Muncie.
  • IU School of Medicine-Muncie will establish a dedicated property manager at the Village Promenade Learning Laboratory for medical students, to enhance its point-of-care ultrasound program and strengthen the Muncie campus’s reputation for excellence in preparing for medical exams. medical students in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • IU Health Foundation to enhance its internal medicine residency programs.
  • Meridian Health Services for the creation of an innovative education program to help physicians-in-training and mid-level providers practicing in Delaware County better recognize and provide care for patients suffering from trauma, medical conditions mental health, substance abuse problems, etc.
  • Open Door Health Services for the purchase of two point-of-care ultrasound devices that will enable Open Door to provide extensive on-site imaging capabilities and provide enhanced training opportunities for local medical students.

Funding for local schools included $ 425,000 to Muncie Community Schools for Kindergarten to Grade 12 recovery, reconstruction and innovation. The funds will be used to support a wide range of projects, including Wi-Fi hotspots for students in need, a college and career preparation summer camp for middle and high school students, a monarch butterfly station, kayaking supplies, extracurricular and athletic upgrades, improved playground equipment, and more.

A grant of $ 175,000 to Ball State University will support the Burris Laboratory School in a similar capacity, allowing the school to invest in new after-school programs, learning opportunities outside the classroom, technologies specialized and more, according to a press release.

Additional scholarships were awarded to Inspire Academy to link the school’s outdoor learning lab with Cardinal Greenway, as well as to Ball State University for ongoing management and improvements. to the Education Support Hub, a website that provides up-to-date information. related to student mental and physical health, educational technology and school policies.

“We have long been committed to providing targeted support where the community needs it most, and as the world continues to transition to post-pandemic life, it is evident that much of our community is still under. the shock of the effects of the pandemic, especially within the health and education sectors, ”Jud Fisher, president and CEO of the Ball Brothers Foundation, said in the statement.

The foundation has awarded a number of grants dedicated to the categories of arts, culture and humanities; education; health; personal services; and the benefits to public society, including:

Arts, culture and human sciences

  • Cornerstone Center for the Arts: $ 25,000 for operating support.
  • Minnetrista: $ 2,750,000 for operating and capital support for 2022.
  • Muncie Arts and Culture Council: $ 35,000 to support the operation of the PlySpace residency program, which brings artists from around the world to Muncie.
  • Muncie Symphony Orchestra: $ 62,000 for operational support, branding and community expansion.


  • Ball State University: $ 100,000 to hire another family-school-community coordinator at Longfellow Elementary School.
  • Independent Colleges in Indiana: $ 105,000 for the 2022 Ball Venture Fund, which provides seed funding for innovative projects at private colleges in Indiana.
  • Indiana Historical Society: $ 50,000 for “The Best We Have: The Story of Carl Erskine,” a feature-length documentary on Erskine’s impact on race relations and the treatment of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Precious Hearts Development Center: $ 51,000 for improved playgrounds.
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute: $ 30,000 for Future of Work initiatives, including expanding robotics activities for youth, creating new workforce development training opportunities for local teachers in collaboration with industry-leading manufacturing partners and offering credit / non-credit courses for adults looking to build their skills.
  • TeenWorks: $ 40,000 for the local TeenWorks summer program.

Personal services

  • ecoREHAB: $ 75,000 for general operational support and staff augmentation.
  • Greater Muncie, IN Habitat for Humanity: $ 225,000 for a campaign to renovate the organization’s new office / warehouse and for future planning for the 8twelve Coalition.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana: $ 40,000 for Operation Full Pack (reaching military personnel, veterans and their families) and van distribution programs.
  • YMCA of Muncie: $ 1,500,000 to support the construction of a new facility on the campus of Muncie Central High School.

Benefit of the public company

  • Community improvement projects: $ 8,000 to improve the access ramp to Martin Street and the White River Greenway.
  • Delaware Advancement Corporation: $ 350,000 for planning and implementing the vision.
  • East Central Indiana Regional Partnership: $ 90,000 for 2022 Regional Marketing.
  • Innovation Connector: $ 50,000 for operational support.
  • Muncie Land Bank: $ 40,000 for strategic financing of growth and development.

With this second round of grants, the Ball Brothers Foundation will have provided $ 8.6 million in funding to organizations in 2021, a record amount in the foundation’s 95 years of grantmaking.

Preliminary applications for the foundation’s next round of general grants (which will be awarded in the spring) will open on January 1, 2022 and are due no later than 4 p.m. on February 15. The foundation also regularly accepts applications for quick grants from February through November. of each year. For more information about Ball Brothers Foundation grants, visit ballfdn.org/grants.

The Ball Brothers Foundation is one of the oldest and largest family foundations in the state. Each year, the foundation provides approximately $ 8 million in grants to support arts and culture, education, the environment, health, social services and public affairs. The Muncie-based private foundation prioritizes projects and programs that improve the quality of life in the city, county and state where the foundation originates.