The Ball Foundation

The Ball Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to fund programs that create a positive, measurable impact in four key areas linked to Ball’s business and strategy: STEM education, recycling, disaster relief and food security. Specifically, grants are awarded in the communities in which Ball operates in the United States. 

The Spring Cycle grant submission deadline is April 15, 2019.


STEM Education

The Ball Foundation focuses its education funding on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for K-12 and higher education programs geared toward encouraging and preparing students for careers in engineering. Programs include supporting diversity by providing opportunities for educational achievement and diverse thought regardless of racial and ethnic background, gender or economic status.

With the help of the Ball Foundation, hundreds of students participate in STEM-focused activities. These investments include mentoring, hands-on learning opportunities and educational materials for students. 



Recycling is critical to the future of our business, society and planet. Its benefits include saving significant amounts of energy and natural resources.  The Ball Foundation supports programs that increase metal packaging recycling rates, improve collection processes and provide education about the benefits of recycling. As an example, the foundation supports The Recycling Partnership, reaching 1.2 million U.S. households to increase recovery of recyclable materials at the curb. 

The Ball foundation also has partnered with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Schools program targeting zero waste in Boulder, Colorado, schools. Up to two-thirds of the discards from each of the Green Star Schools is kept out of landfills. Currently, there are more than 40 schools enrolled in the program teaching nearly 20,000 students and their families the value of zero waste to landfill.

In addition, the Ball Foundation supports Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation, in particular their beverage can recycling program, “Crush it Crusade.” With the goal of recycling 1 million cans, this program provides assistance to communities and local nonprofit organizations to get away-from-home recycling programs off the ground.


Food Security

Food security is a key focus area for Ball’s community engagement efforts because it is closely tied to the company's North American food can business. One in seven Americans live in food-insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. Because the nutritional value is sealed inside, canned food provides safe, nutritious meals to those who need it. Canned foods also help minimize food waste and are easy to prepare.

Ball and its employees are committed to helping ensure that everyone in their communities has access to nutritious food. Ball's annual “Let’s Can Hunger” food drive spans across all North American locations. Events in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are held to unite employees and collect donations. In 2018, employees donated more than 665,000 pounds of canned food and raised more than $76,000, which provide more than 1.86 million meals to individuals in communities where Ball operates.

The food collected, combined with employee donations and the money unlocked through Ball’s matching gifts program, helps nonprofit organizations provide and improve local access to sufficient food resources for individuals and families in need. Ball employees also volunteer nearly 1,000 hours alone in food- and nutrition-related causes serving nonprofit organizations.


Disaster Relief

It is important to Ball and The Ball Foundation to be a good neighbor, corporate citizen and employer of choice in communities where the company has a presence. The Ball Foundation is a proud partner of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, helping the Red Cross deliver vital relief to people affected by disasters, big and small, across the U.S. and around the world.
Additionally, Ball partners with Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation and Miller Coors to provide nearly 1.5 million cans of drinking water to victims of flooding and other natural disasters. Cans filled with drinking water are a perfect option to help people affected by disasters because aluminum beverage cans are transport-efficient, unbreakable, and infinitely recyclable and maintain the high quality of the product inside.


Funding Guidelines

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