The recipients of the Freeport McMoRan Community Investment Fund have used the grant money from the annual fund to revitalize tourism efforts, fund a fire safety program, install new energy-efficient lighting and preserve iconic buildings serving the local community. Each year FMI hands out thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations who, through their work, better the community.
Eligible programs and projects include those in the areas of education, community and economic development, environmental stewardship and health and wellness. A committee comprised of community leaders representing diverse organizations plus two FMI representatives sit on a Board which governs the Fund.
Last year’s recipients included the City of Globe ($70,000), Cobre Valley Center for the Arts ($45,000), Signal Peak Community Foundation/ Youth Club ($40,000) ,Gila Community College ($50,000) and Miami Genesis ($45,000).
This year the application period is open from January 15th – March 15th with the successful candidates being announced on June 15th.
In a statement by FMI Tracy Bame, President, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, “…(the) goal is to enable the community to adapt to meet the social and economic needs of its residents, becoming increasingly sustainable over time. 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.”
Those who wish to submit applications or learn more about the program can go to FreeportInMyCommunity.com or contact Robin Horta at email@example.com.