Ball Brothers Foundation (Indiana)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Ball Brothers Foundation


    Ball Brothers Foundation is dedicated to the stewardship legacy of the Ball brothers and to the pursuit of improving the quality of life in Muncie, Delaware County, East Central Indiana and Indiana through philanthropy and leadership. The Foundation's grants focus on six broad subject areas:

    • Arts, Culture & Humanities
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Health
    • Human Services
    • Public/Society Benefit

    Currently, specific interests to the foundation include initiatives addressing:

    • Downtown stabilization and renewal
    • Early childhood education
    • Emergency management
    • Environmental recreation and preservation
    • Workforce development

    More information on these focus areas can be seen at

    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.
    • BBF Rapid Grants –A 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.

    History of Funding

    In recent years some 60 nonprofit groups have shared in annual distributions ranging from $5 million to $6 million. Previous grantees of the Foundation can be seen at

    Additional Information

    The Foundation prefers to provide funding for:

    • Capacity-building initiatives that strengthen an organization's ability to achieve greater performance and impact, such as through strategic planning, board development, collaboration, communications, professional development, and operational improvements
    • Innovative approaches for addressing traditional or emerging community needs that result in long-term, systematic, sustained solutions that consider the use of community impact models and result in measurable outcomes
    • Specific Program/Project initiatives or endeavors
    • General operating support
    • Seed money to help launch new programs, projects or initiatives

    BBF does not provide funds for individuals; scholarships; booster organizations; capital building projects; groups located outside Indiana; ongoing salaries.


    Donna Munchel

    Donna Munchel
    222 S. MULBERRY ST
    MUNCIE, IN 47305
    (765) 741-5500

  • Eligibility Details

    BBF makes grants to nonprofit organizations operating within Indiana. Historically, the vast majority of BBF funding has been targeted to organizations in East Central Indiana with a particular emphasis in the Muncie/Delaware County area. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by February 15 or July 15, annually.

    Award Details

    General grants typically range from $5,000 to $100,000. Rapid grants are up to $5,000.

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