STEM Innovation Grants

STEM Innovation Grants are designed to support K-12 teachers and schools in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative instructional programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since the program's inception in 2008, more than $780,000 has been invested in STEM projects benefitting K-12 schools in Freeport-McMoRan communities. 

Eligible projects must be delivering on one of the outcomes below.

>> Provide students developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow an innate interest in STEM.
>> Provide professional development opportunities that improve and develop the content knowledge skills of the K-12 STEM teacher workforce and teacher instruction.
>> Develop, improve or expand resources and/or curriculum available in STEM classrooms and other learning environments (for example, the adoption of a national STEM program or curriculum, or the purchase of quality instructional materials that enhance student learning of STEM concepts.)
>> Ensure students have the core competencies needed to pursue a career or degree in STEM fields.
>>Strengthen and expand opportunities for students to do and learn science in after-school settings (for example, a summer school program or after-school engineering club).
>> Provide activities that support student application of classroom STEM knowledge to real-life applications (for example, a science fair or robotics competition).
>> Increase the number of/types of opportunities for teachers and students to get to know positive, real-life individuals in STEM careers (for example, a mentor program or student internship program).
>> Link secondary education with post-secondary career and technical education programs.

Grant Amount
Up to $5,000 is awarded to support projects in the eligible project categories. A school is eligible to receive up to two (2) STEM Innovation grants during each application period. Each applicant / teacher / classroom may receive one grant award per school year.

Who Can Apply
Applicants may be teachers, school administrators or parent volunteers/PTA officials at public and private schools located in communities where Freeport-McMoRan has a presence. Applications must be submitted through the K-12 school.

Application Window: December 1 – March 15
Awards Announced:
May 1

Click here for a printable version of the application. This can be used as reference when completing the online application. We only accept applications submitted online. 

Click here for the STEM Innovation Grant Budget