OVERVIEW: The Fluor Foundation awards global development grants in the fields of basic human needs and local community development.
IP TAKE: This foundation awards grants to both large and small organizations. This is an approachable foundation open to funding projects outside of its main scope of interest, as long as those projects serve to improve local communities.
PROFILE: Headquartered in Irving, Texas, the Fluor Corporation describes itself as one of the “world’s largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management companies.” The Fluor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the corporation, works in both developed and developing countries around the world and seeks to improve the communities in which its corporation maintains a presence. In the global development space, Fluor focuses on ensuring that the residents of the communities in which it operates have their basic human needs met. As a result, the foundation awards grants through its Social Services and Community Economic Development programs.
The Social Services program centers its grantmaking around food insecurity and awards grants to likeminded organizations, predominately local food banks. Additionally, the foundation supports community health programs, preventative and emergency services, and disaster relief efforts around the globe.
The foundation’s Community Economic Development program supports groups that work towards strengthening local economies. Areas of focus include affordable housing, job training, workforce development, and youth skills building. This program also awards grants to provide assistance in local rebuilding efforts after a natural or manmade disaster has occurred.
On occasion, the Fluor Foundation will award grants in the $200,000 to $300,000. However, most tend to fall in the $10,000 to $25,000 range. Fluor accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. Grantseekers should contact their local community relations specialists to inquire about regionally specific grants. All other inquiries should be directed to Fluor Foundation president, Torrence Robinson.
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