Freeport-McMoran Foundation: Southwest Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports many organizations in Arizona and some in New Mexico and Texas. Interests are STEM education, K-12 education, Native Americans, and women’s development.

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, K-12 schools, community investment, Native American programs, and women’s development

IP TAKE:  STEM programs in Arizona have a good chance of getting noticed by this corporate funder. Take a look at the women’s and Native American programs, too.

PROFILE: The Freeport-McMoran Foundation (FMF) is the grantmaking arm of Freeport-McMoran, a publicly traded copper company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s also a leading international mining company with strong commitments to the communities where it operates. This means that the Phoenix area often sees FMF support.  

The company has a presence in the Southwest states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Other states and countries of interest are Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, Iowa, Louisiana, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, and Spain. But for this profile, we are focusing on the funder’s Southwest support. Five cities, three counties, and six towns are eligible to receive grant funding from FMF in Arizona. These opportunities come through the Community Investment Fund, Mini-Grants for Education, Site Investment Grant Application and Site Investment Project Budget, Social Investment Programs, STEM Innovation Grants, and Women's Development Initiatives.

Groups in Grant County, New Mexico, are eligible to receive funding in each of these categories as well, especially those near the Chino and Tyrone mines. Groups in El Paso, Texas, are eligible for FMF Mini-Grants for Education, Site Investment Grant Applications and Site Investment Project Budgets, Social Investment Programs, STEM Innovation Grants, and Women's Development Initiatives. This is because the company has a copper refinery and copper rod plant located here.

Previous FMF grants can be searched for here, organized by state, year, and grant program. For example, recent grants in Arizona went to the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Bagdad Little League, Audrey and Robert Ryan Elementary, and the Climbing Association of Southern Arizona. More grant opportunities exist in Arizona than anywhere else on FMF’s radar.

Interests are STEM education, K-12 schools, community investment, Native American programs, and women’s development. STEM innovation grants of up to $5,000 go to K-12 teachers; the application window is open from December 1 to March 15. The foundation invests around $2 million in STEM education each year, mostly in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Mini-grants of $100 to $500 are given to K-12 teachers for projects in the environment, mining and mineral resources, reading and literacy, and STEM education. The organization regularly supports copper and molybdenum education and mining education in schools.

For information about grants, fill out FMF’s online form. Foundation requests can also be directed to Angie Harmon at the corporate headquarters in Phoenix at angie_harmon@fmi.com and to Jessica Knowlton in the Tucson office at jessica_knowlton@fmi.com. The general phone number for community information is (877) 629-2609, and the mailing address is 333 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. Keep up with company and foundation news here.

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