SME Foundation launches humanitarian program for mining communities

July 2, 2014

SME logoThe Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation (SMEF) has announced the launch of the Miners Give Back program, which aims to improve the lives of people in communities where mining is or has been an integral part.

“As the largest professional society in the mining industry, SME will be a conduit for industry specialists around the world to positively impact and enhance the lifestyles of local communities with sustainable benefits that will last for generations,” SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy said in a prepared statement.

Through the program SMEF plans to invest matching funds to find solutions to projects related to health issues, water systems, education, youth mentoring, and other mining-related issues.

The foundation will sponsor established mining companies and form partnerships with local and regional organizations. Additionally, local SME Sections and individuals will initiate and implement projects designed to benefit the local community.

SMEF is currently accepting nominations for potential projects. SME members can submit a proposal with a request of up to $10,000. In order to be eligible, proposals must have an established mining-related company as the sponsor, local representative involvement in project planning and implementation, and committed matching funds.

The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 10, 2014.

For more details, or to submit a proposal, click here.

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