Grants & School Resources for Educators

I hope the school year is off to a great start for you! It’s been awhile since I’ve sent one but I try to share occasional messages with information about the K-12 education resources Freeport-McMoRan either provides or has some connection to. Please feel free to forward to your staff and colleagues as appropriate and I hope you’ll find the information beneficial. If you’d prefer not to receive similar messages in the future, please reply to this message to let me know and I’ll remove you from the distribution list I’m working from.

FMI Mini-Grants for Education program application deadline is rapidly approaching on October 1st.

All the Freeport-McMoRan Education programs and others listed below are only accessed through their community development website: This website replaces a previous paper form for the Employee Matching Gifts program. The paper form is no longer valid.

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Mini-Grants for Education – Grants of $100 to $500 will be awarded to support projects in the following project categories: Environment; Mining, mineral and natural resources; Reading and literacy; STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A school is eligible to receive up to four (4) mini-grants during each application period. Each applicant/teacher/classroom may receive one mini-grant award per school year. Projects range from field trips to literacy efforts to incentives for student performance. Applicants may be teachers, school administrators or parent volunteers/PTA officials at public and private schools located in or near communities where Freeport-McMoRan has a presence. Applications must be submitted through the K-12 school and the annual application deadline is October 1.
More info and application site link here.

United Way of Graham & Greenlee Counties – Applications are reviewed every other month by the local United Way board and education grants generally range from $1,000 up, depending on the scope of work and impact. Regional educational funding objectives are: Improving school readiness for every child; Supporting efforts to ensure every student reads at grade level – especially by third grade; Increasing student access to quality transitional programs; Supporting community and school district efforts with teacher retention and recruitment; Providing direct support to teachers in the classroom by helping to cultivate innovative learning environments and approaches.

The next application deadline is November 2nd and the grant application document may be downloaded at

Freeport-McMoRan Employee Engagement Programs

Employee Matching Gifts Program – The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation will match employee contributions of $25 or more, up to an annual maximum of $40,000. The first $1,000 contributed per eligible nonprofit organization (including schools) will be double matched and any amount above $1,000 will be single matched, subject to the annual maximum.

Employee Volunteer Fund – Freeport-McMoRan is proud to support employees that give their time and effort to help those in need by offering funds to match unpaid volunteer hours served. When an employee volunteers a minimum of 25 hours a year with a nonprofit organization (including schools), the organization is eligible to earn either a $250 or $500 grant.

FM Employees may learn more about both programs and access the link to process their requests by visit this webpage:

Support My Club – An e-commerce solution where donors can support the needs of high school clubs and sports. Clubs post their specific needs and donors “shop” for items that speak to them. Items are added to the online cart, donors make a 100% tax-deductible purchase and Support My Club delivers the item directly to the school!

For every $100 of value received, the school club completes 1 hour of community service, allowing the receiver to become the giver and the cycle of philanthropy to continue.

Grants & School Resources information contributed by Sean Wenham, Community Development Specialist for Freeport-McMoRan Safford Operations.