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Muncie Public Library Becomes Smoke and Tobacco Free

By Susan Fisher— Muncie, IN—Beginning November 19, 2020, Muncie Public Library (MPL) will move from its no smoking policy to a more comprehensive smoke and tobacco free policy for all of its facilities. “Our Board of Trustees approved this policy in January of this year,” said MPL Director Akilah S. Nosakhere. “We planned to implement it in early spring, but the plans were sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The new policy moves MPL from no smoking within 25 feet of…

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Ball Brothers Foundation Awards Over $6 Million in Grants to Support Education, Workforce Development, and More 

By Melissa Jones— Muncie, IN— In its final round of grants for the year, Ball Brothers Foundation awarded more than $6 million to local nonprofits, schools, workforce development organizations and other entities, demonstrating the foundation’s commitment to helping local organizations adapt to new circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as preserving and improving the community’s quality of life well into the future.  While Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded numerous COVID-19 emergency/crisis grants—totaling nearly $500,000 to date—throughout the year, this…


CenterPoint Energy Foundation Awards $300,000 to Muncie Habitat for Humanity

By Eileen Oaks Molter— Muncie, IN—The CenterPoint Energy Foundation recently awarded $300,000 to Muncie Habitat for Humanity over the next three years in order to help serve 88 families (approximately 220 people) in Muncie, Indiana. This investment supports Muncie Habitat’s housing program, which includes the construction or rehab of entire homes for purchase by families who partner with Habitat, as well as home repairs, so that current homeowners can continue to live safely in their own homes. “We are thrilled…


Community Foundation To Celebrate ‘GivingTuesday’ With Technology Resilience Grants

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County is responding to meet the needs of local students by raising funds to support technology resilience in local K-12 schools. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year. In response to the COVID-19…


Community Foundation’s Marcy Minton and Kallie Sulanke Attain New Professional Certification

By The Community Foundation— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County is pleased to announce that Marcy Minton, Senior Program Officer, and Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer, have successfully achieved the Results-Based Accountability Professional Certification. Results-Based Accountability (RBA) is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve complex social problems. It uses a data-driven decision-making process to help communities and organizations take action to solve problems. The Community Foundation first embraced (RBA) in 2017. Foundation board members…


Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie Receive Grants from Community Foundation

By Amy Logan— Muncie, IN – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie is honored to receive three grants totaling $85,500 to assist with programs, staffing, and general operating costs. All grants are managed through The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. The Clubs were awarded $60,000 directly from the Community Foundation to assist with out-of-school time programs. These funds help support programs during school breaks, after-school activities, and summer programming. An additional $3,000 was awarded earlier in the…


Albany Launches Fundraising Campaign for 3 Murals

By Lori Ritchey— $10,750 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative Albany, IN—Albany residents will have three new murals thanks to the recently launched crowdfunding campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. The campaign is led by the Beautification Committee of Albany. “The Albany Beautification Committee’s mural project captures an important part of the historical heritage of our community. Each mural reflects a part…


A New Plan for Delaware County and the City of Muncie

By Heather Williams, MAP Board of Directors— Muncie, IN—The last comprehensive plan for Delaware County was completed in 2000. Much has changed over the last twenty years within the city of Muncie and the many towns and unincorporated areas of our county. The comprehensive plan presents a vision for the future of land use and development within Delaware County and provides specific goals related to transportation, infrastructure, parks and open space, among others. The Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission has partnered with…


Community Foundation Receives $150,000 Community Leadership Grant

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County has received a Community Leadership Grant of $150,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, The Community Foundation will embark on an innovative partnership designed to empower nonprofits to focus on their mission work in order to turn the curve and collectively measure community-wide quality of life goals. The Community Foundation of…


Grants Support K-12 School Technology Resilience

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN— The Community Foundation launched the K-12 School Technology Resilience Initiative in June of 2020 to support longer-term and equitable solutions for technology resilience. To date, $59,000 has been awarded to the eight K-12 public schools in Delaware County. “We believe that every student should have the right tools to access education wherever they need to learn,” said Kelly K. Shrock, president of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. “Through this initiative, we seek…