Private 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.