Working with Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is committed to making the world a more sustainable place and focuses our funding in two key areas: promoting resilience to climate change and promoting biodiversity, particularly in locations where Alcoa has a presence. The Foundation’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.

The Foundation funds organizations working in the areas identified above, based on specific goals and strategies. Almost all grants are awarded to organizations identified by the Foundation. Applications are accessible by invitation only.

Please note that Alcoa Foundation is not accepting Letters of Inquiry at this time due to current commitments. Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot respond to unsolicited proposals that it may receive.


Organizations and programs generally must meet the following basic requirements in order to be considered for Alcoa Foundation funds:

  • Programs or organizations must serve communities where Alcoa has operating plants or offices
  • U.S. organizations must be classified by the United States Internal Revenue Service as not-for-profit public charities and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
  • Non-U.S. organizations must operate as the equivalent of a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity, public educational institution or government entity and must complete the required Equivalency Determination process to certify this status
  • Public educational institutions and government entities may be eligible for funds, provided that the funds are used for charitable purposes
  • Programs must fall within Alcoa Foundation program areas
  • The minimum grant request is USD 20,000
  • All grant partners are required to adhere to Alcoa Foundation’s Inclusivity Agreement.


In general, Alcoa Foundation does not consider the following for funding:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Organizations and programs that intend to influence legislation or elect candidates to public office
  • Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are limited to members of one religious group
  • Religious programs
  • Social clubs or organizations
  • Endowment funds; capital, equipment or development campaigns; or funds directed towards deficit reduction, operating costs/reserves
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships (walk/runs, golf tournaments, sports teams, tickets, tables, benefits, raffles, souvenir programs, advertising, fundraising dinners, etc.)
  • Trips, conferences, seminars, festivals, one-day events, unless they are a part of an approved program activity
  • Documentaries, videos, or research projects/programs
  • Private foundations
  • Trust funds