The Alcoa Foundation provides grants to numerous organizations and initiatives in Piedmont and central North Carolina to improve the environment and quality of life around the Yadkin Project. More than $2 million in Foundation grants have been given to support organizations in around Alcoa-Yadkin and Badin Works. The Alcoa Foundation focuses on four “areas of excellence” in selecting projects and groups to fund.  They include Conservation and Sustainability, Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships, and Healthy Children and Families.  For more information on the Alcoa Foundation, visit the Alcoa Foundation Web site