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About the Foundation

Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s culture and core strategy as a mining and metals company. Alcoa Foundation furthers this mission by supporting programs that create sustainable value for the communities where Alcoa operates. To that end, Alcoa Foundation primarily focuses our funding in two key areas: 1) promoting the prevention of, and resilience to, climate change from human activity and 2) the restoration and preservation of biodiversity.

The Foundation allocates approximately one-half of our grantmaking budget to Alcoa’s global operating locations, consulting with stakeholders to craft meaningful community investment strategies addressing local needs and priorities. The balance of Alcoa Foundation awards are used to strategically develop signature partnerships across geographies that drive impact in our key focus areas of climate change and biodiversity.

Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation), was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which the assets of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred. All references to “Alcoa Foundation” on this website refer to the new Alcoa Foundation formed in 2016 and associated with Alcoa Corporation. All references on this website to “Legacy Alcoa Foundation” refer to the original Alcoa Foundation formed in 1952.

Grant applications to Alcoa Foundation are by invitation only.