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Alcoa, Tenn. — Alcoa Foundation is granting $190,000 to nine non-profit organizations in Blount, Knox, and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, NC. 

Alcoa’s Community Advisory Board –  a group of 11 business, community and government leaders responsible for evaluating and making recommendations to Alcoa Tennessee Operations and Alcoa Foundation on what projects should be funded – reviewed 25 grant proposals totaling more than $750,000 in funding requests.

This year’s grant-selection process focused on grant programs that “Build Tomorrow’s Workforce and Leaders.”

“Results of a recent community survey, along with the business goals of Tennessee Operations and the valuable input of our Community Advisory Board, led us to narrow our grant making focus to preparing our community to be competitive and build future leaders,” said Chris Jackson, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager.

Specifically Alcoa was interested in programs that:

  • Offer adult education in workplace readiness skills
  • Strengthen the education system to prepare students for successful careers
  • Engage young learners in science, math, engineering and technology

Additional grant dollars will fund environmental programs in our communities, including a total of $25,000 to the City of Maryville to help enhance and improve recycling efforts at the annual Foothills Fall Festival.  This program was the recipient of a surprise $10,000 grant given in honor Alcoa’s Month of Service and was granted on 10.10.10!

The following is a list of grants that Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Tennessee Operations are awarding in 2010:

Organization Name 2010 Grant Grant Purpose
Adult Education Foundation of Blount County $19,000 New Start career preparation program for adults
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley $15,000 Club Tech Technology Centers
City of Maryville $15,000 and $10,000 Recycling Project at Foothills Fall Festival
Friends of the Smokies $25,000 (year 3 of 3) “Trails Forever”; Teacher-Ranger-Teacher initiative
Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team $28,050 Engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education project
Haven House/Mane Support $18,145 (year 3 of 3) HALT – Horses Assisting in Life-Changing Transitions
Leadership Blount $12,000 (year 3 of 3) Youth Leadership Blount program
National Parks Conservation Association $17,102 (year 3 of 3) Cades Cove shuttle pilot program
Pellissippi State Community College $30,700 Career Readiness Improvement Program for Knox and Blount Counties

About Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans.   It has been in operation in Blount County, Tenn. since 1913 and currently employs approximately 1,100 East Tennesseans in its Blount and Knox County locations. 

About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation’s grants address global and local needs 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. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa’s ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com under Community.


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