Funding Guidelines

The Ball Foundation funds programs that create a positive, measurable impact in four key areas linked to Ball Corporation’s business and strategy: STEM education, recycling, and disaster preparedness and relief. Specifically, grants are awarded in the communities in which we operate in the United States.
STEM Education: Ball Corporation believes education is vital to social and economic development because it gives people in our communities the knowledge and skills they need to achieve employment and economic security in our rapidly changing, global economy. To help keep communities and business competitive and prosperous, Ball supports formal educational opportunities for K-12 education, higher education, business-education partnerships, and other local needs. The Ball Foundation focuses its education funding the areas of:
  • STEM education with a special focus on K-12 and higher education programs geared towards encouraging and preparing students for careers in engineering.
  • Diversity: Programs that support diversity by providing opportunities for educational achievement and diverse thought regardless of racial and ethnic background, gender or economic status.
Recycling: 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.

Community Engagement: An important part of the cultural values of Ball Corporation and The Ball Foundation is to be a good neighbor, corporate citizen and employer of choice in communities where Ball has a presence. The needs in our communities are many; The Ball Foundation focuses on disaster preparedness and relief initiatives.

The Ball Foundation funds specific projects and programs rather than sponsorships (i.e., tables, golf tournaments, etc.). Funding to individual schools is limited to higher educational institutions, except when the Foundation matches qualifying contributions made to schools through manufacturing facilities. Ball reserves the right to deny funding to organizations at any time.

What The Ball Foundation Does Not Fund
The Ball Foundation does not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

In order to maintain its focus and achieve a greater impact through the use of its funds, the Ball Foundation also will generally not support:
  • Individuals
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Programs targeted for people with specific physical, medical or psychological conditions
  • Medical research
  • Grant requests for production of audio, film or video
  • Grant request for capital campaigns or projects
  • Grant requests for museum exhibits or similar displays
  • Requests to support travel
  • Lobbying, political or fraternal activities
  • Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or unaccredited public/private schools
  • Programs or organizations for which the Ball Foundation is asked to serve as the sole funding source