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March 21, 2002
Alcoa Foundation Announces Request for Proposals for Literacy, Employment Programs On the Northside; Allegheny Works Initiative Enters Its Fourth Year
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2002--Alcoa Foundation
announced today that it is seeking proposals from Northside nonprofit
organizations as part of its Allegheny Works initiative, a five-year,
$1 million program to enhance literacy and employment opportunities on
The announcement comes at the start of year four of Allegheny
Works. In the program's first three years, Alcoa Foundation awarded
more than $600,000 in grants to Northside organizations with the input
of a Northside community leaders panel.
The Foundation has opened an Allegheny Works Hotline at
412-553-4000, for information on how to apply for funding. In
addition, the following timetable can guide organizations seeking
April 19, 2002 Deadline for organizations to send a letter of
intent to Alcoa Foundation outlining:
-- program goals
-- how the goals relate to literacy or employment
-- qualifications of the organization to carry
out the grant
Alcoa Foundation will send a grant application
within two days of receipt of the letter of
May 24, 2002 Grant application due to Alcoa Foundation
July 2002 Review and consideration by Northside community
panel and Alcoa Foundation
September 2002 Programs begin
Past grantees' projects have ranged from Bethany House Ministries'
after-school programs in drug and alcohol prevention and study skills
for youth in the Northview Heights Housing community, to Black Men
Rising's program that increased access to the Internet among residents
of the Northside and closes the gap between those who do and do not
have access to computers and communications technologies. A program
through Reading is Fundamental helped an at-risk school on the
Northside to reach a district standard of each student reading at
least 25 books per year.
In 2001, 17 organizations received grants. Grassroots
organizations make up an important part of the grantee mix.
"With the ongoing insights of Northside community leaders, we've
been able to work on literacy and employment issues from the ground
up," said Kathleen W. Buechel, president of Alcoa Foundation. "We're
pleased to be able to support these kinds of efforts over time so that
their momentum takes hold."
"Allegheny Works has provided a new level of encouragement for
Northside community leaders and nonprofit organizations," said Janice
Parks, Executive Director, Young Men's/Women's African Heritage
Association, and chair of the Allegheny Works community panel. "It has
enabled us to enhance our employment and literacy programs across the
many neighborhoods of the Northside."
Allegheny Works is a collaboration between Alcoa Foundation and
Northside community, religious, youth and education leaders that began
in 1998. At the heart of it is a unique panel made up in part by
leaders of Northside organizations, who advised Alcoa Foundation on
the community's needs, and how best to respond to those needs. The
panel evaluates grant proposals and recommends grantees to Alcoa
Foundation's board of directors.
The Rev. John Cochran -- Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church
Saleem Ghubril -- Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Project
Michelle A. Jones -- Executive Director, Healthy Start, Inc.
Janice Parks -- Executive Director, Young Men's/Women's African
Heritage Association; Panel Chair
Karen Picard -- Administrative Coordinator, Alcoa Foundation
Scott Hudson -- Senior Grants Analyst, Alcoa Foundation
Robin Kaye -- Panel Facilitator, Principal, Dewey & Kaye
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that
actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 25
countries around the world where Alcoa operates. In addition to
community grants addressing local needs, the Foundation provides
global grants focusing on Areas of Excellence, including: Conservation
and Sustainability; Safe and Healthy Children and Families; Global
Education in Science, Engineering, Technology and Business; Business
and Community Partnerships; and Skills Today for Tomorrow. For more
information about Alcoa Foundation, visit Alcoa's World Wide Web site
at www.alcoa.com and click on "Community."
Nonprofit organizations can address correspondence to the
201 Isabella Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5858