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ICI Announces 2016 Winners of Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund Grants

Thursday, May 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Goodrich
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INDIANAPOLIS, May 25, 2016 – Four Indiana independent colleges are the winners of the 2016 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competitive grant program: Ancilla College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University and the University of Evansville. The four will share $75,000 in seed funding for initiatives to stimulate creativity and innovation while fostering competition and collaboration among Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit campuses.


Established by the Ball Brothers Foundation (Muncie) and administered by ICI, the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund has disbursed almost $1.1 million for 53 innovative initiatives on ICI campuses over the past 18 years. The 2016 recipients were chosen from a field of 36 proposals.


  • Ancilla College (Donaldson): “The Ancilla College Asperger’s Program: Enhancing the Learning Environment”

Ancilla’s $20,200 award will provide a web-based resource at the school and the other 30 ICI members to serve high functioning students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically Asperger’s. The program will train Ancilla faculty and staff and a representative from other schools to enhance social interaction in the residential life and in the classroom.


  • Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion): “Growing Resilience: Creating Trauma-Informed Space in our Community”

IWU will foster a partnership between the university and the Brain Kitchen, a local non-profit that is a community kitchen with a homework space serving 800 low-income children. The $17,400 award will train volunteers, create space designed specifically for the Brain Kitchen and provide activities, such as physical movement or art to try to benefit the students.


  • Taylor University (Upland): “ESL Tutoring Center for Adults and Their Young Children”

Taylor’s $17,400 will help move a pilot program into full fruition, funding free one-on-one ESL instruction. The program will benefit immigrant parents and their children through education, as well as Taylor students who will practice and develop professional and intercultural skills.


  • University of Evansville (Evansville): “Changemaker Incubator ”

UE’s $20,000 will build a space within the library to support social entrepreneurs and their enterprise start-ups, so they can exchange ideas, collaborate or pitch concepts to investors. The incubator will host Monthly Changemaker Community Sessions and a Changemaker Training Series fro the public.


The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, including a representative from the Ball Brothers Foundation, along with those from the education, construction, manufacturing and financial communities.


Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universitiesICI member institutions enroll some 100,000 students (approximately 17 percent of all undergraduates statewide) and annually produce 32 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at


Contact: Katie Goodrich, Independent Colleges of Indiana,, 317-236-6083