This year’s recipients of the Globe-Miami Community Investment Fund were announced at Freeport’s 3rd Quarter Partnership meeting in Globe. The fund, established in 2012, has distributed $1,326,000 to this region and is governed by a board made up of local community leaders representing diverse organizations and two FMI representatives. The fund looks for eligible programs and projects in the area of education, community and economic development, environmental stewardship and health and wellness.
This years recipients include the City of Globe, Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Gila Community College, Cobre Signal Peak Foundation and Miami Genesis. The following award information was provided by FMI:
City of Globe: $70,000
Besh Ba Gowah Restoration
This grant will support the City of Globe’s effort to revitalize Besh Ba Gowah to enable the museum to continue to offer a safe and culturally and economically significant tourism destination for visitors from around the world.
Cobre Valley Center for the Arts - $45,000
Building Preservation Project
Dollars will be used for refurbishments necessary to protect the future of the 1906 Courthouse building and maintain it as another important economic driver and tourism asset in downtown Globe.
Gila Community College: $50,000
Fire Science Safety Program
Funding will be used to support the Fire Science Safety Program offered at the college. Dollars will purchase the equipment necessary to sustain a community-based program that safely trains students for jobs that can be filled locally.
Miami Genesis: $45,000
Bullion Plaza Lighting Project
Investment in the installation of lighting around the greenspace in front of bullion Plaza Museum will leverage a multi-partner project allowing for the development of a community gathering place that is safe and accessible to the community as well as visitors.
Signal Peak Community Foundation: $40,000
Cobre Valley Youth Club Van
Funds will be used to purchase a passenger van for the club. As CVYC transitions from its affiliation with the Boys and Girls Club of the east Valley, basic operational items are necessary to ensure it meets the needs of the club.
"Through the Globe-Miami Community Investment Fun, our goal is to enale the community to adapt to meet the social and economic needs of its residents, becoming increasingly sustainable over time," said tracy Barne, President, freeport-McMoRan Foundation. "We are pleased to be a partner in supporting processes and activities that assist in creating a vision for the future, establishing action plans, and implementing the kinds of programs and initiatives that will help the community reach its goals. the projects supported through the CIF represent the path to a viable future and we thank the engaged community leaders, members and nonprofits who are working to create successful, sustainable communities."