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April 7, 2003

Alcoa Grants in Mexico Exceed $1 Million in 2002

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2003--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced combined grants from Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. (AFL) in communities covering all six of AFL's Mexican operating locations exceeded US$1 million in 2002.

More than 30 Alcoa Foundation investments were made in Mexican communities ranging from:

  • Supplying computer equipment to schools in Monterrey and Piedras Negras;
  • Support for construction of a new shelter for the Casa de Amiga Crisis Center in Juarez;
  • Development of a community park project in Acuna;
  • Transportation to and construction for a shelter for homeless children who have been abandoned or abused by their parents in Puebla;
  • Expansion of an Alzheimer Center for patients and their families in Torreon.

In addition to the Alcoa Foundation grants, AFL made grants and investments in more than 20 projects in its communities, ranging from:

-- The purchase of new ambulances in Acuna and Monterrey;

-- Donation of 5,000 sweaters for kindergartners in Acuna in


-- Vocational training and workshops for youths and adults with

learning or physical disabilities in Juarez;

-- Scholarships for Technical University students in Piedras


-- Rehabilitation of a sports complex for children in Puebla;

-- Computer equipment for a shelter for orphaned and abandoned

children in Torreon.

In addition to cash grants provided by Alcoa Foundation and AFL, AFL employees participated in 17 separate volunteer programs -- from painting and repairing schools and community buildings, to reforesting, to rebuilding a property used for horseback riding for therapy for the disabled -- which raised more than $50,000 in ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods) grants. Action grants recognize a team of Alcoans who provide a day of service by providing a $3,000 grant in their name to the organization where they worked.

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About Alcoa Foundation

Established in 1952. Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 29 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local need in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit, under Community.