Our Difference

Stanley and Elaine Ball formed this foundation primarily to grant portions of their estate to area charities in the Springfield metro area. Past recipients have included Harmony House; Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Northwest Project; the Christian County Library; and the Taneyhills Community Library in Branson. Stanley recognized that there were many people in the Ozarks who truly wanted better lives, but simply didn’t have the resources necessary to improve their situations. As a result, he wanted to do his part to create communities that helped people to be successful and happy. He also felt strongly about education and helping children.  The Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation is proudly managed by Central Trust Company.

2017 Grant Season Opens March 1, 2017

2017 Ball Foundation Grant Application Guidelines (77.3 KB)

2017 Ball Foundation Grant Request Application (84.2 KB)

Grant Application Guidelines

The Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation was formed to assist charitable organizations in Southwest Missouri. Grants will be awarded exclusively for charitable uses and purposes, and the Ball Foundation’s primary focus is to enhance educational opportunities and/or provide support for disadvantaged children.

Organizations applying for a grant must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and provide their IRS Determination Letter.

Please submit your application to:

                        The Ball Foundation

                        c/o CENTRAL TRUST COMPANY

                        3333 S. NATIONAL AVE., 3RD FLOOR

                        SPRINGFIELD, MO  65807

                        (417) 883-3838

Applications are due by Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  If submitted by U.S. Mail or overnight delivery (such as UPS or FedEx), the application should be clearly postmarked by July 31, 2017. 


Application Documentation 

Please provide five (5) bound copies of your complete application. Your application should be spiral bound including a clear cover with your application followed by the list of supporting documents.  The application documents should be divided with marked tabs for each section.  Most office stores including Office Depot, Staples, FedEx Kinkos, and the UPS Store can bind your final application  materials.

 Applications that do not comply with the application guidelines and instructions may not be considered.

Award Notification

Notification of grant award status will be mailed by November 15, 2017. Notifications will be mailed regardless of whether you receive an award or not.