Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation is a small operation of modest means. But on the upside, so are many of the projects that it funds. Yours could be another — if, that is, the project is in one of the 19 specific U.S. districts where the foundation's parent company has work sites.

IP TAKE: Your organization's size and assets aren't important to the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. It gives out grants based on the project, the results, and the location.

PROFILE: The foundation's parent corporation, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., is one of the largest mining companies on earth. But the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation is very much on the small side as far as foundations go. 

Any interested grantseeker is welcome to submit a proposal at any time through the online application process. That goes for small and midsize nonprofits, too. The foundation is a more compact operation, and so are some of its grant recipients.

Herein lies one important catch, though. The applicant's project must take place in one of the locales in which Freeport-McMoRan Inc. has operations. In North America, those areas include 19 specific counties or municipalities within California, Connecticut, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, and Louisiana. You'll want to check the website to verify if your project is in one of them.

It’s important to note that when the company funds an overseas humanitarian venture, it often does so as an employee-driven charitable drive and not as a grants operation. In the past, the foundation has supported earthquake response and relief efforts in Japan, Chile, and Haiti.

The foundation gives out all of its grants — natural disaster and refugee-related or otherwise — along six formal program areas: community safety and wellness, education and training, the environment, Native American community support, community development, and STEM innovation. Different kinds of natural disasters grants could arguably fit under other categories. 


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