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Types of Grants

Types of Grants Available

Ball Brothers Foundation is pleased to offer the following grant opportunities consistent with the Foundation focus and interest:

BBF General Grants –Ball Brothers Foundation will consider Program/Project requests, Operating Support requests or a combination of the two.

Request for consideration must begin with a Preliminary Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submitted by the stated deadline dates. A full proposal will only be considered if the Preliminary Letter of Inquiry has received the approval of the President/COO of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to waive the Preliminary Letter of Inquiry requirement.

Grant requests will be considered at the spring and fall board meetings; organizations who submitted proposals will be notified of board decisions within one week of the board meeting (typically the third week of May and October).

BBF Rapid GrantsA limited number of Rapid Grants are designed to provide funding to organizations that require immediate funding for the following types of needs, but not limited to: continue a project, provide professional development, buy equipment or materials for a project, travel to meet representatives to advance ideas for a project, formulate a project idea, carry out a mandated law or event, or for seed money to begin a new project. Organizations can request up to $5,000 for a rapid grant.

Rapid Grant requests may be submitted at anytime between February 1 and November 30 of each year. The request will be reviewed immediately by the Foundation staff and organizations will typically be notified of the decision within four business days of the submission. Awards will be issued upon receipt of the signed Mutual Understanding Agreement.

Excellence in Teaching Award The Ball Brothers Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award will be given each year to not only a skilled teacher but one who incorporates 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. This teacher uses unique approaches to motivate their students by creating authentic learning experiences that are grounded in core academic content. In addition, the outstanding teacher must have displayed integrity; responsibility to their community, students, colleagues and the school; and accountability to their area of academic training. The award winner should inspire students and colleagues; be poised, articulate and willing to go the extra mile to educate their students.

John & Janice Fisher Governance Award - The Ball Brothers Foundation Fisher Governance Award will be given each year to recognize the important role that individual board members play in the governance of nonprofit organizations in Muncie/Delaware County. It is designed to honor the efforts of one board member whose actions have contributed to the achievement of the mission, financial stability, planning and recognition of the organization they serve.

BBF Organizational/Executive Mentoring Grants – Information concerning these grants can be obtained from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) at or by calling 1-800-343-7060.