Ball Venture Fund Grant

Proposal Guidelines

The Ball Venture Fund was created in 1998 to enable the Ball Brothers Foundation to take an active role in encouraging and supporting creative efforts at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities. The program, administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), provides seed money for innovative start-up programs at ICI member institutions. Innovation and risk-taking will be encouraged as the key elements again this year. The maximum possible single grant award will be $25,000. Grantees are selected through a competitive proposal process.

Only ICI member institutions are eligible to participate. ICI Institutions may submit multiple proposals. Collaboration between ICI member institutions is encouraged. Proposals are due by Friday, April 16, 2021 and must be submitted using the link below. Proposals should be no more than five pages long, including the cover page. Upload cover page and proposal as one document.

The cover page should be on institution letterhead and must include the following:

  1. Program/Project title
  2. Brief overview of the program (300 words or less)
  3. Name of institution
  4. Complete mailing address
  5. Name and professional title of person submitting the proposal
  6. Phone number (with area code)
  7. Email address

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Include background information on your institution including location, number of students and faculty, and related information.
  • Clearly define your proposed project/program and state goals as measurable objectives.
  • Provide a thorough timeline and detailed budget for the proposed project/program.
  • Explain how you will evaluate the project/program and how success will be measured.
  • Explain how other institutions or organizations could replicate the project/program.

Click here to submit a proposal

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact:

Kelly Smith, Executive Assistant to the President,, 317-236-6090