The Corning Incorporated Foundation provides grants across several program areas.
The Foundation puts specific focus in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (which includes the arts) curricula as well as workforce development programs that lead to productive career paths for young adults.
Foundation grants in this category support programs that address basic human needs for survival and wellness, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth. Health and wellness education and programs for children and young people fall into this category. Also included are programs bringing food, safe shelter, and water to people in need.
The Foundation supports efforts to sustain and foster creativity and bring people together to share ideas and experiences.
The majority of grants go to community-based programs where Corning has a strong presence. Typically, this means the program should impact people within an approximate 20-mile radius of a Corning business location with at least 50 employees. The Foundation also makes direct grants on a case by case basis to national or international organizations in times of widespread natural disaster or other emergencies.