September 9, 2013

 

Tennessee Operations announces local Alcoa Foundation grants
$300,000 will support educational, environmental programs  

 

Alcoa Tennessee Operations announced this year’s Alcoa Foundation grants totaling $300,000 to 10 local non-profit organizations in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, N.C.

 

Alcoa’s Community Advisory Board, made up of 10 local businesses, community and government leaders, evaluated more than 50 grant proposals before recommending projects for Alcoa Foundation funding.

 

“We appreciate the help of the Alcoa Community Advisory Board and its guidance in evaluating this year’s proposals,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager. “Focusing Alcoa Foundation’s resources on programs that promote environmental sustainability and programs that promote workforce development and education make perfect sense for this location as we expand our operations into the automotive sector.”

 

In celebration of that expansion, Alcoa Foundation made a special $50,000 one-time grant to the East Tennessee Historical Society.  The grant will fund an exhibit that chronicles the past, present and future of manufacturing in East Tennessee. Upon completion, the exhibit will be on display at the East Tennessee History Museum and will then travel to schools and other museums throughout the area.

 

About Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee. Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.

 

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information visit, www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

 

 

The 2013 grant recipients and funding amounts include:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley
    (STEM education)
    $28,000
  • East Tennessee Historical Society
    (education)
    $50,000
  • Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    (STEM education)
    $17,000
  • Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
    (exit grant)
    $10,000
  • Keep Knoxville Beautiful
    (environment)
    $20,000
  • Pellissippi State Community College
    (workforce development)
    $50,000
  • Richard Williams Leadership Development Academy
    (education)
    $20,000
  • Tennessee Clean Water Network
    (environment)
    $50,000 
  • tnAchieves
    (education)
    $25,000
  • University of Tennessee
    (STEM education)
    $30,000