Borax Visitor Center Foundation Grant Program

2018 grant applications open

Celebrating 20 Years of Community Giving

We are pleased to announce that the Borax Visitor Center Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2018 grant awards.

Giving back to our communities is a hallmark of business for US Borax and our parent company, Rio Tinto. As part of this commitment, the Borax Visitor Center Foundation Grant Program supports nonprofit, tax-exempt, and governmental organizations in and around Boron, California—the location of our US mine. Founded in 1998, the Foundation has returned more than $300,000 in funding, including nearly $100,000 in scholarships, to the community over the past two decades.

Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants aimed to improve public education, health and human services, and historic preservation. The funding for these grants comes from Borax Visitor Center gift store proceeds, visitor donations, Borax employee payroll donations, and company contributions, with US Borax matching 50 cents on each dollar that our employees give.

Entry Guidelines

Directors of the Borax Visitor Center Foundation review and award grants to eligible organizations. To be considered, you must submit your application between 8 a.m. Pacific on February 12 and 11:59 p.m. Pacific March 30, 2018.

Grant requests fall under one of two categories: funding for a specific program or project or funding for day-to-day operations. If you are requesting funding for a specific project or program, provide budgetary information for that project only. To request funding for overall operational costs, use the most recent expense and revenue dollars for your entire organization.

Attention 2017 Foundation Grant Awardees:

To be considered for 2018 grant funding, you must submit with your application a letter that thoroughly explains how your organization spent the 2017 grant funding and how the grant affected your local community.


Applications will be accepted only from governmental entities, such as schools, or from non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Eligible organizations must focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Community improvement
  • Historic preservation

Organizations must also be located in and provide services to one or more of these California communities:

  • Boron
  • Desert Lake
  • North Edwards
  • Aerial Acres
  • Kramer Junction

Religious, political, or fraternal organizations or those outside the grant area are ineligible.

visitor's center exterior
Borax Visitor Center

The Borax Visitor Center, located at the Borax mine in Boron, California, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Schools visiting on field trips can apply for transport reimbursement through the Foundation.

Borax Visitor Center Foundation Board of Directors

Garth Sandsness
Acting General Manager, Rio Tinto Borates

Renny Dillinger
Manager – MTS, Rio Tinto Borates

Kevin Cordes
Superintendent, Muroc Joint Unified School District

Jim Boghosian
Operational Manager, Bo’s Fitness Center

Randy Smith
President, Boron Chamber of Commerce

David Liebengood
President, ILWU Local #30

How to Apply

To apply for a 2018 grant, complete and submit the online form before 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018. If you have any questions about the application form or process, please contact Mary Beth Garrison at