Alcoa Inc. Tennessee Operations is now accepting concept papers for 2008 Alcoa Foundation community-based grants. Only organizations classified as public charities and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code will be considered for a community-based grant. Non-governmental organizations may also qualify to submit a grant request.
Two-page concept papers must align with one of Alcoa Foundations Areas of Excellence:
Conservation and Sustainability - priority funding area
Global Education and Workplace Skills - priority funding area
Safe and Healthy Children and Families
Business and Community Partnerships
In general, Alcoa Foundation does not consider the following for funding:
Organizations and programs designed to influence legislation or elect candidates to public office
Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are limited to members of one religious group
Endowment funds, capital campaigns, or funds directed towards deficit reduction or operating reserves
Fundraising events or sponsorships
Trips, conferences, seminars, festivals, one-day events, unless they are a part of an approved program activity
Documentaries, videos, or research projects/programs
Indirect or overhead costs
Multi-year grants (two years is the maximum)
Concept paper review and funding recommendations are guided by Alcoa’s 14-member Community Advisory Board, comprised of business and community leaders in Blount, Knox, and Sevier counties.
Complete concept paper guidelines can be found by logging on to www.alcoa.com (select “Community” tab). All concept papers must be accompanied by a project budget.
The deadline to receive concept papers for 2008 is Dec. 31, 2007. All concept papers must be sent electronically to Melissa Copelan, Community Relations Manager, at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. Concept papers can also be mailed to Alcoa Inc., Attn. Melissa Copelan, 2300 North Wright Road, Alcoa, 37701.
In 2006, Alcoa Foundation made $26 million in grants around the world. Locally, Alcoa Foundation awarded more than $360,000 this year to organizations in Blount, Knox, and surrounding counties.