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Grant Awards, New Director For Ball Foundation

Sept. 10, 2015

The Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation has announced $736,000 in grants to Leelanau County and Traverse City area nonprofits.

"The nonprofits receiving grants are vital to the cultural fabric of the area,” says Jud Fisher, executive director. “The grants that stick out this round are the Fishtown Preservation Society funding and the assistance to the Leelanau Conservancy with Palmer Woods. Those entities have done so much to secure the future of the region.”

The complete list of recipients follows:

Fishtown Preservation Society: $300,000 to complete the acquisition of the Fishtown property

Inland Seas Education Association: $21,000 for its fall scholarship program

Interlochen Center for the Arts: $100,000 for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing scholarship program

Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission: $15,000 for program capacity building

Leelanau Conservancy: $100,000 for its Palmer Woods purchase

Leelanau Outdoor Center: $20,000 for its outdoor education program

TART Trails: $60,000 for signage, planning, trail rehab and capacity building

Munson Healthcare Foundation: $60,000 for the Kids Creek project

Traverse Symphony Orchestra: $5,000 for its Family Concert Series

Fishtown Preservation Society will also receive a grant payout of $50,000 towards the Foundation's total commitment of $500,000 to assist in the purchase of the property in Leland. All told, the Foundation has committed $800,000 directly to the acquisition of the property.

The Foundation also announced the planned transition of Charles F. Ball assuming the executive director's position. He replaces Fisher, who has served more than eight years.

“Chuck will be a great staff leader for this organization,” says Fisher. “He recently relocated to Leelanau County and has the experience and talent to take the Foundation to the next level.” Fisher will remain on the board in a governance role as a director.

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