$22M Available for Conservation, STEM Efforts

grants2Private Funder: Alcoa Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Alcoa program grants; Funding Focus: Conservation and sustainability, education, health and safety and community partnerships (science, technology, engineering, and math-STEM-education is a focus); Geographic Focus: National (where Alcoa has locations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, up to $1.5 million each (last year, the foundation distributed $22 million in grants); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundation invests in improving the quality of life in communities where Alcoa operates. The foundation is especially interested in projects producing replicable, measurable, long-term results, which can be shared with other organizations. Alcoa Foundation programs have one core focus: delivering positive change by addressing priority issues in communities in which Alcoa operates and seeking results in measurable outcomes and impacts. K-12 student achievement is a priority.

For example, the foundation and Junior Achievement help young people to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. As part of the initiative, students gain access to digital tools and information to help them understand their career options at different stages of their education and professional development. All requests for Alcoa Foundation funding must be directed to the local Alcoa office, which can be found on the foundation’s website (http://tinyurl.com/cdp303Q).  

Youth groups can benefit; the foundation gave $20,000 to the Student Conservation Assn. Charlestown, NH, for a youth environmental program and $450,000 to City Year, Boston, MA, for a K-12 public school project.

Info: http://tinyurl.com/6njycve; or http://tinyurl.com/pokkopg (guidelines) Alcoa Foundation, 412/553-4545 or alcoafoundation@alcoa.com

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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