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BBF General Grants

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits for Arts, Health, Human
Services, Environment, and Education in the East Central Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ball Brothers Foundation (BBF)

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Deadline Date:

09/01/19 4:00 PM EST


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Grants typically starting at $5,000 to East Central Indiana nonprofit organizations to benefit eligible communities. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full application. Proposals may focus on one of the following six broad focus areas: education, environment, arts, culture, humanities, health, human services, and public benefit.

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

Currently, the Foundation’s specific interests include initiatives addressing:

- Downtown Stabilization and Renewal
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency Management
- Environmental Recreation and Preservation
- Workforce Development

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181815

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The proposal must clearly demonstrate linkages to the organization’s strategic plan
- The focus must be on one of the Ball Brothers Foundation’s interest areas
- The proposal has potential for immediate leveraging of other funds to support the project or initiative and demonstrates the likelihood of gaining further support from other sources once the original grants ends
- The proposal must include a definitive process for measuring or assessing results
- Organizations/institutions must have tax exempt status as defined by IRS Codes

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.

The Foundation will not support:
- Direct assistance to individuals or scholarships
- Applications coming from outside of Indiana
- Booster organizations
- On-going salary requests of staff personnel to support an organization
- Services that the community-at-large should normally underwrite (i.e. roads, bus transportation, etc.)
- Capital building projects
- Research projects (except for philanthropic studies)
- Unsolicited proposals; all general grant requests must begin with a Preliminary Application

Pre-Application Information:

General Grants requests must begin with a Preliminary Application submitted by the stated deadline dates. A full proposal will only be considered if the Preliminary Application has received the approval of the President/COO of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to waive the Preliminary Application requirement.

All applications for General Grants must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM eastern standard time on the deadline date. Deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend still apply.

Round 1:
- February 15: Preliminary Application
- April 1*: Selected General Grant Proposals

Round 2:
- July 15: Preliminary Application
- September 1*: Selected General Grant Proposals

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

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions? Contact:
Donna Munchel, Grant Process Manager

Ball Brothers Foundation
222 S. Mulberry St.,
Muncie, IN 47305

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Muncie/Delaware County area, and Blackford, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph Counties