2022 Community Investment Fund

April 25, 2022

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Investments

Freeport-McMoRan’s group-wide guiding philosophy for its community development activities is Transforming Tomorrow Together. This philosophy drives implementation of a social impact framework that includes priorities, strategies and goals that allow us to work collaboratively with communities to make transformative change and increase overall individual/ community opportunity, wellbeing and capacity.

We are driven to partner to build long-term resiliency and support the community’s ability to successfully navigate commodity market downturns, end of mine life and other economic/social disruptors or shocks. Our framework or approach for delivering on our guiding philosophy of Transforming Tomorrow Together is based on three main priority areas that we believe help deliver on our commitment:

-Education and Workforce Development
-Economic Opportunity
-Capacity and Leadership

This philosophy includes securing and maintaining our social license to operate and delivering transformation through robust stakeholder engagement and consultation, social investment and impact evaluation.

Investment Approach
Rather than viewing financial and other resources simply as charitable donations or philanthropy, we encourage our partners to think about financial and other resources as the means to make investments in the future of the community with the goal of realizing a return that helps create greater capacity and long-term sustainability.

Only IRS determined tax exempt entities such as nonprofits with a federal501(c)3 designation, schools and government institutions are eligible to receive funding from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.

Please note, the maximum indirect cost allowed by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is 6% of direct project costs.

2022 Community Investment Fund Letter of Intent and Application Dates

Letter of Intent (LOI)
Monday, April 25: LOI opens in CyberGrants.
Wednesday, May 25: LOI closes at 12pm (Arizona time)
by June 21: Approvals and Declines sent

Click here to set-up your organization account in CyberGrants and access the LOI.
The LOI will open on April 25.


Application (invite only)
A live Virtual Application Training is required for invited applicants. Applicants only need to attend one of the trainings. 
June 23: Virtual Training > 1:00pm – 2:15pm (AZ) / 2:00pm – 3:15pm (CO and NM)
June 28: Virtual Training > 10:30am – 11:45am (AZ) / 11:30am – 12:45pm (CO and NM)
July 15: Draft Applications due
July 18-29: Application feedback provided
August 8: Final applications due
September 30: Approvals and declines sent

Award checks will be mailed by end of 2022.

Communities Eligible to Receive Funding
Your program or project must directly benefit those living in the communities outlined below. Requests should be for more than $10,000. Requests for less than $10,000 may be eligible for funding from one of our site operations, click here to learn more.

Arizona: Ajo


Arizona: Bagdad Operations Communities

Arizona: Bisbee

Climax Area
Colorado: Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Counties
2021 Media Advisory – Investment Fund Recipients 

Arizona: Globe, Miami and Claypool

Graham County
Arizona: Graham County

Grant County
New Mexico: Grant County

Greenlee County
Arizona: Greenlee County

Green Valley/Sahuarita
Arizona: Green Valley and Sahuarita

Colorado: Grand and Clear Creek Counties

Letter of Intent Resources
Sample Letter of Intent
This can be used as reference when completing the online letter of intent.

Project Budget Template

This was established by the Foundation and is required to be used when submitting your letter of intent.

Project Budget Template User Guide 

For questions about investment eligibility, please contact foundation@fmi.com.