Native American Programs
Native American Partnership Fund
The Native American Partnership Fund has been established to support projects that address priority issues and needs identified through ongoing engagement between Freeport-McMoRan and tribal leaders/community members. Qualifying tribes eligible to receive funding are Hualapai, San Carlos Apache, Tohono O’odham and White Mountain Apache.
Priority areas for the Fund are: Education & Training, Health & Wellness, and Cultural Preservation. We are also seeking projects within these priority areas that support women’s development and engage elders.
All applicants MUST submit a tribal resolution demonstrating their project has been approved by the respective Tribal Council.
Eligible Projects should:
- Focus on initiatives/outcomes that will be sustainable beyond the life of Freeport- McMoRan
- Benefit the community as a whole and not a single organization or individual
- Have a clear purpose and operate transparently based on demonstrated need for project -
- Measure and evaluate impact
Requests to the Fund should be for $10,000 or more to support the objective and goals of the Fund. Grants will generally range from $10,000 to $50,000 depending upon the scope of the proposed project/program and the anticipated benefit/impact to the community.
*Note: Requests to provide 100% of a project cost or budget should not be submitted, unless the project is part of a larger overall budget of which the requested project funding is just one part. The maximum indirect cost allowed by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is 8% of direct project costs.
Application Cycle: March 15 - May 30
Awards Announced: July 15
Click here for a printable version of the application to be used as reference when completing the online application. We only accept applications submitted online.
Native American Community Activities Contributions
The Native American Community Activities Contributions program has been established to support local tribal activities. This application is to be completed if you are interested in requesting funds from a Freeport-McMoRan operation near your community and your request is under $5,000.
It is our aim to support organizations, programs and projects that are addressing a priority issue/need. The identified priority issue areas are: Education & Training, Health & Wellness, Cultural Preservation, Economic Development, and Environment. We also seek to support projects within these priority areas that support women’s development and engage elders.
Qualifying tribes eligible to receive funding are Hualapai, San Carlos Apache, Tohono O’odham and White Mountain Apache.
Requests should be no more than $5,000 (per project/activity). Most contributions awarded will be range from $250-$2,500.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Awards will be announced 30 days after the application is received.
Click here to download the Native American Community Activities Guidelines and Application. We accept written and typed applications.
Project DreamCatcher is a business training program for Native American women entrepreneurs from the Hualapai, Tohono O'odham, San Carlos Apache, and White Mountain Apache tribes. The program is fully-funded by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and implemented by Thunderbird for Good. Based on Thunderbird's proven training programs for business women, DreamCatcher brings cohorts of Native American business women to Thunderbird's Glendale campus for an intensive week of training.
- Business classes taught by top Thunderbird faculty
- Interactive site visits to a variety of local businesses
- Integrated coaching by successful entrepreneurs
- Networking opportunities with Arizona business leaders and the Thunderbird community
- Post-program follow-up and support
The DreamCatcher 2017 program will be held April 4-10.
DreamCatcher 2016 Program Highlights
Freeport-McMoRan Native American College Scholarship
This program is open to students who are members of the Hualapai, San Carlos Apache, Tohono O'odham and White Mountain Apache tribes and attending community colleges, tribal colleges and four-year universities. The scholarships are funded by the Freeport-McMoran Foundation and administered by the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc.
The value of this scholarship is $2,500/per semester for attendance at a four-year university or tribal college and $1,250/per semester for attendance at a community college. This scholarship covers one academic year.
Application Deadline: May 15
Cyprus Tohono Corporation Four Year College Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any student who is an enrolled Native American residing in Arizona. Preference will be given to enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The scholarship is intended to be used for a four-year program of study at any of Arizona’s public universities.
This scholarship will cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board at the rate paid by an Arizona resident for four years.
Application Deadline: May 15