Women's Development Initiatives

We are committed to investing in sustainable community development efforts, especially those that increase education and economic opportunities for citizens in our operating communities.  In particular, we want to ensure that girls and women have suitable, relevant, functional opportunities to be full participants in economic development and attaining greater levels of prosperity.  When women gain skills, they gain confidence, increase their productivity, mentor others, raise their income levels and reinvest in their children’s education, their family’s health, and economic activities at the community level. 

Research demonstrates that investments targeted to improving women’s education, employment skills and financial capability and raising women's physical and emotional health through awareness and access to health products and services can deliver long term benefit, supporting women's full economic participation and contributions to healthier, more stable communities.

Women’s Development Grants Program 
The Freeport-McMoRan Women’s Development Grants program has been established with the goal of supporting programs and projects that focus on providing women and/or girls opportunities to reach their full potential and achieve economic success. Be sure to review the focus areas below to ensure your project aligns with the types of programs we are seeking to fund.

  • Education
  • Physical/Mental Health and Wellness
  • Entrepreneurship/Employment
  • Mentoring or Leadership Development
  • Increasing access to and availability of key services 

Priority is given to program and projects that are:

  • Innovative or unique in their approach to developing the potential of women
  • Demonstrate collaborations or partnerships that establish increased opportunities for women
  • Sustainable beyond the life of this funding
  • Projects that require a one-time investment for program materials, equipment or other resources that will launch, further develop or expand a program that can be sustained as part of the current program
  • Projects that empower girls/women by involving men/boys in eliminating violence and promoting the potential of women; or those that focus on breaking the cycle by reaching young people

Your project must be delivering one of these key Community Outcomes to be eligible for funding.

Application Window: August 1 - October 1
Awards Announced: November 15

Domestic Violence Safety and Shelter Initiative Grants
For more than 17 years, Freeport-McMoRan has provided ongoing operating support for shelters and service providers/NGOs to provide victims of domestic/gender-based violence with opportunities to live free of violence, rebuild their lives and achieve independence.  Our support for this initiative totals nearly $3.7 million, working with 20 shelters and service providers in 18 communities in or near where we operate.  Through this long-standing effort, we hope to continue to increase the capacity of shelters to serve more women and support their efforts to “de-stigmatize” and raise awareness that eliminates cultural acceptance of violence against women.

Application Window
The Foundation has existing partnerships with shelters and service providers in our operating communities and is not accepting new applicants at this time.

DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator

DreamBuilder is an online business training program helping women build their dream of starting or growing their own business. Practical, convenient and fun, DreamBuilder leads women step-by-step through the basics of business. In addition to  interactive courses, students are given access to helpful tools and templates they can use in their own ventures. An innovative Business Plan Generator guides the learner in the creation of a business plan throughout the program.

Project DreamCatcher
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