Ball Brothers Announces Cycle I Grants

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June 29, 2010 Jud Fisher, President & COO – 765-741-5500

Ball Brothers Foundation announces over $3.5 million in Cycle I Grants

The Foundation continues its Childcare and Quality of Place Initiatives

Muncie, Indiana – Ball Brothers Foundation has announced the approval of grants resulting from its first grant cycle of the year, as well as other grant programs, to several organizations throughout Indiana. The majority of the grants will be distributed to organizations for local efforts while a select few grants were directed to groups with efforts outside the East Central Indiana region.

“We’re continuing our assistance to high-impact, high-achieving childcare facilities,” said Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer. “Our childcare grant payouts have risen thirty-one percent since the official start to our initiative in 2008. We are taking a measured approach to strengthening these organizations over time. They are the underpinnings of a positive future for many families in our community in terms of early childhood education and more robust economic development,” Fisher stated.

Fisher also noted the early momentum of the Foundation’s “Quality of Place” initiative. The initiative developed out of ideas formed in a partnership with the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation.

“One grant I’d highlight is the ecoREHAB program run by Jonathan Spodek,” Fisher said. “It is a true neighborhood improvement program that remodels homes in an environmentally friendly manner inside and out. You need to establish ‘beach heads’ in various neighborhoods and this program will do that,” Fisher said.

“Think of taking abandoned homes, utilizing Ball State students to rehabilitate them, and then putting them on the market,” Fisher continued. “You eliminate an eyesore, create a resource base of highly skilled individuals through the immersive learning effort, and increase value in the surrounding area. It is an incredible concept and may prove a turning point in various neighborhood renewal efforts. It takes patience for an initiative like ‘Quality of Place’, but I’m confident we can make a difference.”

Ball Brothers Foundation was founded in 1926 to promote and carry out philanthropic efforts in the state of Indiana. The Foundation concentrates on East Central Indiana, with particular focus on Delaware County. The Foundation offices are located in downtown Muncie, Indiana. For further information, including guidelines and deadlines, please go to



Ball Brothers Foundation

Grant Awards

Cycle I – January 1 – June 29, 2010

1. Friends of Lincoln Collection

Care and presentation of the Lincoln Collection


2. Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Marketing Development & Implementation


3. Indianapolis Museum of Art



4. Selma Middle School

Educate to Activate!


5. Muncie Family YMCA

Technology & Professional Development


6. Indiana Council for Economic Education

Economic Education and Literacy


7. Muncie Family YMCA

Black Achievers Program


8. Kidz Korner Child Care

Kidz Computers


9. College Mentors for Kids

Matching Grant


10. USA Freedom School

Delaware County Schools Study


11. Indiana Natural Resources Foundation

Hoosier Outdoor Experience







12. Open Door Health Services

Green Roof



13. Youth Opportunity Center

Health & Wellness Initiative


14. United Day Care Center

Staff Professional Dev. & Playground Update


15. Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, Inc.

ECI Childcare Director Support Center


16. Second Harvest Food Bank of ECI

Fresh Produce Tailgate Program


17. Indiana Youth Institute

Organizational Effectiveness Grants in ECI


18. United Way of Delaware County

Community Solutions Investment Program


19. Community Foundation of Muncie/Del. Co.

IU Fundraising School


20. Boys & Girls Club of Muncie

Longest Drive Golf Program


21. Muncie Delaware Clean & Beautiful

Downtown Cleanup & Beautification



22. Ball State University



23. City of Muncie

Prairie Creek Beach Area Renovation


24. Cardinal Greenway, Inc.

Operating Support



25. Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Environmental Assessment


26. Delaware County Special Olympics

2010 National Games


27. East Central Indiana Therapeutic Riding

Technical & Promotional Support


28. Indiana Black Expo-Muncie Chapter

15th Annual Health, Employment & Community Information Fair


29. Parents Encouraging Parents

Parent University


30. Red-Tail Conservancy, Inc.

Living Lightly


31. Roy C. Buley Community Center

Summer Kaleidoscope Program


32. Step By Step Assistance Dogs

Office Supplies

33. Storer Elementary School

STAR Reading/Web-based Accelerated Reading Program


34. Union Chapel Ministries

Neighborhood Makeover Day


35. United Day Care Center of Delaware Co.



36. American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis

Local Indiana Program Assistance


37. Open Door Health Services, inc.

BBF Fellowship Award


38. Boys & Girls Club of Muncie

BBF Fellowship Award


39. Minnetrista

2010 Operating, Capital and Collections Support


40. Indiana Grantmakers Alliance

2010 Membership Dues


Total Payout for Cycle I (plus other grant programs): $3,532,274