What type of foundation is BBF?

Established in 1926, Ball Brothers Foundation is an independent, private, family-controlled philanthropic organization. It is not affiliated with Ball Corporation or Ball State University.

Who can apply for a BBF grant?

BBF makes grants only to nonprofit organizations operating within Indiana. An organization’s IRS nonprofit status will be verified prior to the awarding of funds.

Is BBF funding directed toward a specific geographical area in Indiana?

BBF only provides funding to organizations operating in 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. Other counties included in the geographical footprint are: Blackford County, Grant County, Henry county, Jay County, Madison County, and Randolph County. Some limited exceptions are occasionally made outside these areas. While organizations outside the Muncie/East Central Indiana area are welcome to apply for support, please be aware that funding for organizations outside this footprint is rare.

What are your grant priorities?

BBF supports six broad subject areas: education; arts, culture and humanities; human services; community betterment; health; and environment. BBF prefers to support efforts that strengthen an organization’s effectiveness; offer innovative approaches to traditional and emerging community needs; launch new projects, programs or initiatives. Currently, the Foundation has several key initiatives toward which funding is also directed—downtown stabilization and renewal; early childhood education; emergency management; environmental recreation and preservation; and workforce development.

What does BBF not support?

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

What is the monetary range for grant requests?

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $100,000.

How do I apply for a grant?

All requests are submitted through our e-grant system. Click here for more information.

What are the deadlines for grant requests?

We have two General Grant periods. The Preliminary Application for Round 1 is February 15 with full proposals due on April 1; the Preliminary Application for Round 2 is July 15 with full proposals due on September 1.

Do you ever make grants between the two established periods?

Yes, we accept requests for Ball Rapid Grants between February 1 and November 30. The requested amount cannot exceed $5,000 and should address an immediate or unforeseen need for funds. BBF staff generally responds within one week.

Are there any other funding opportunities?

Yes. BBF annually presents two special awards—the John and Janice Fisher Governance Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award. Click here for more information.

Is there a staff member available to answer additional questions?

Yes, you can contact our grant process manager, Donna Munchel, at info@ballfdn.org or by telephone at 765-741-5500.