Foundation Announces Cycle II Grants

Contact: Jud Fisher


For Release November 10, 2011

BBF continues to support community as it reaches 85 years of existence

Foundation announces second cycle grant awards for 2011


Muncie, Ind. – Ball Brothers Foundation, which turns 85 on November 19th, awarded over 30 grants to various organizations during its second and final grant making period of the year. The grants were approved at the foundation’s October board meeting. Several grants were delivered in support of Muncie Action Plan Initiatives.

“We continue to support MAP, from the new trails at Prairie Creek to Tuhey Pool enhancements to Neighborhood Revitalization efforts,” said Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer of the foundation. “There is tremendous momentum from business, philanthropic and political leaders, as well as the general public, for MAP,” Fisher added. He stated that BBF’s mission, heavily researched needs of the community, and general community consensus were considered when making the difficult award decisions.

“It is obvious that education is paramount,” stated Fisher, referring to BBF’s grant focus, “after that, a vibrant community with things to do, that is physically attractive, and has a diverse culture rounds out a place people want to live for the long-term. Leveraging our resources and being proud of our community is so important.”

Fisher also announced executive assistant Donna Munchel received the additional title of grant process manager. “Donna is the point person for proposal intake. She helps organizations navigate our system and is often the initial contact point for Ball Brothers Foundation for general questions,” Fisher said. Munchel will attend more meetings to assist organizations with their relationship to the foundation.

Ball Brothers Foundation’s announcement includes the most recent grants payout by the foundation.

The local, regional and state nonprofit organizations that will benefit from BBF’s second-cycle grant awards are as follows: Energize-ECI, $100,000; Greater Muncie, IN Habitat for Humanity, $75,000; Independent Colleges of Indiana, $75,000; Second Harvest Food Bank of ECI, $10,000; City of Muncie, Tuhey Pool, $75,000; Delaware County Soil and Water District, White River Watershed Project, $29,000; The Conservation Law Center, $25,000; Inside Out, Community Kitchen, $75,000; Kidz Korner Child Care Center, $30,000; United Day Care Center, $100,000; Delaware County Soil and Water District, Multi-use Trail, Prairie Creek, $25,000; Parents Encouraging Parents, $30,000; Ball State University, Indiana Public Manager Program, Bowen Center, $50,000; BSU, Community Engaged Change, $55,000; BSU, Caught in the Middle: Moving Muncie Forward, $40,000; Anderson University, Expanding CAPE, $30,000; Ivy Tech Community College, Step-Up ECI, $40,000; Muncie Innovation Connector, $32,000; Hillcroft Services, Inc., $18,000.

Also: Cardinal Greenways, Inc., The John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award, $10,000; Cancer Services of East Central Indiana, $30,325; Westview Elementary, $26,000; Blackford County Schools, $26,175; McMillen Center for Health Education, $17,500; BSU, Indiana Public Radio, $5,000; Delaware Advancement Corporation, County Wide Financial Aid Workshops, $5,000; Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, $5,000; Future Choices, Muncie Homecoming Festival, $2,330; Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, $3,500; Jay Community Center, $2,500; Muncie Action Plan, $5,000; Muncie Civic Theatre Association, $5,000; New Castle Area Career Programs, $4,789; Whiteley Community Council, $1,500.

Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Ball Brothers Foundation concentrates its philanthropic efforts on East Central Indiana with a particular focus on Delaware County. BBF offices are located in downtown Muncie. The foundation’s Web address is