The Foundation is eager to partner with those who are:
Driving change through Cradle to Career efforts that set families, individuals, and communities on the pathway to economic freedom through educational attainment
Promoting a culture of lifelong learning by engaging children, families, and building strong neighborhoods by mobilizing educational assets such as Ball State University, Ivy Tech Community College, local school districts, and nonprofit partners
cradle to career initiative
While education has always been a primary focus, the George and Frances Ball Foundation adopted a strategic grantmaking strategy in September 2018 that emphasizes Cradle to Career approaches. The Foundation is placing increased attention to and investment in organizations, programs, and efforts that are working creatively and in collaboration with others to drive educational attainment in Muncie and Delaware County. As of 2018, only 32% of our population had completed a high level certificate or training, Associate degree, or higher. We hope that within collective impact partnerships throughout the community, the number can be increased to 60%. We know that as more families and individuals are up-skilled and credentialed, more prosperity and economic freedom will be realized. In fact, for every 1% increase in a community's educational attainment, every household in the community can gain $1,200 in additional household income. Progress towards increased educational attainment is a 'win' for all.
Have an idea for a grant proposal that aligns with Cradle to Career?