Ball Brothers Foundation Details $3M in Grants

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(Image courtesy of Muncie Community Schools) (Image courtesy of Muncie Community Schools)

The Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation has announced a $3 million grant cycle. Two of the biggest beneficiaries are Muncie Community Schools and Burris Laboratory School.

The combined $580,000 for the local schools will go toward what the foundation calls "innovative and digitally rich programming," which includes:

  • a television broadcasting sequence at Muncie Central High School
  • beefed-up honors and advanced placement courses at Muncie Central
  • a learning management system for middle schools in MCS
  • bilingual immersion program for elementary students in MCS
  • expanding computer science curriculum at Burris
  • continued develop of Burris' innovation center
  • strengthening range of extracurricular options at Burris

Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jud Fisher says "at a time when education budgets are tight, these funds will expand opportunities within Muncie's urban core. This is part of our internal Central City Education Initiative and is designed to support what our board calls 'margin of excellence activities' that otherwise might not be possible."

Additional recipients for the first grant-making cycle of 2017 include:

  • Ball State University, Optimus Primary - Healthy Lifestyle Centers, $100,000
  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, Optimus Primary - Primary and Behavioral Health, $150,000
  • Indiana University School of Medicine-Muncie, Optimus Primary - Enhancing Physician Training and Improving Community Health, $150,000
  • Meridian Health Services, Optimus Primary - Integrated Health Care Education Institute, $100,000
  • Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, Operating Support, $40,000
  • Indiana Youth Institute, Organizational Effectiveness Grants, $60,000
  • Motivate Our Minds, Operating Support, $40,000
  • Project Leadership, Career and College Readiness Initiative, $300,000
  • Project Leadership, ICE League, $35,000
  • Roy C. Buley Community Center 2017 AIM Summer Program Collaboration, $80,000
  • Roy C. Buley Community Center, EDGE After-School Program, $40,000
  • Teen Works, Career Pathways Initiative, $60,000
  • Cardinal Greenways Inc., Operating Support, $350,000
  • Music for All, Summer Symposium, $25,000
  • Muncie Arts and Culture Council, Operating Support, $10,000
  • Transition Resources Corporation, Muncie Head Start Boiler Replacement, $50,000
  • United Day Care Center Playground Renovation, $15,000
  • Roy C. Buley Community Center, ICE League Facility Enhancements, $75,000
  • Ross Community Center, ICE League Facility Enhancements, $75,000
  • Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, ICE League Facility Enhancements, $75,000
  • Muncie YMCA, ICE League Facility Enhancements, Northwest Facility, $75,000
  • Sustainable Muncie Corporation, MadJax ADA Entrance and Website, $50,000
  • Ball State University Immersive Learning Seminar Support, $25,000
  • Shafer Leadership Academy, Growth and Sustainability Support, $30,000
  • Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity, Growth and Expansion - Housing Program and ReStore, $280,000
  • Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity, 8Twelve Coalition Projects, $60,000
  • United Way of Delaware County, 2017 Campaign, $75,000

You can connect to more about the grants by clicking here.

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