Community

Applied Materials demonstrates value as a global citizen in part by the strategic investment of financial and human resources to improve communities, create opportunities, and offer a brighter future to people around the world.

Investments

  • Education

    Applied Materials supports strategic education efforts focused on student academic achievement, teacher professional development, and specific university projects. By providing young people opportunities to explore new ideas and experiences, the future becomes brighter for all.

    Education Initiative in North America

    Applied Materials is closing the achievement gap in targeted regions in the U.S. Applied launched an Education Initiative in key sites to provide a comprehensive approach targeting the entire educational pathway in selected under-performing neighborhoods.

    Please read the Education Initiative overview or latest progress report for information about the San Jose, CA project.

    Read the latest blog posts about our investments in education.

  • Arts and Culture

    As a long-time leader in supporting arts and cultural programs, Applied Materials invests in programs and partnerships that recognize the essential role the arts play in the community and in education.

    Read the latest blog posts about our investments in arts and culture.

  • Civic Development

    Through our work in local communities, Applied Materials helps meet basic needs, such as food and housing, works with youth-based programs that encourage leadership and civic involvement, and supports the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector

    Read the latest blog posts about our investments in civic development.

  • Environment

    By investing in innovative renewable energy programs, environmental education, and community-based projects - especially those that engage employee volunteers -- Applied Materials is working to build a more sustainable future around the world.

    Read the latest blog posts about our investments in environmental programs.

  • The Tech Awards, Presented by Applied Materials

    Applied Materials is the presenting sponsor of The Tech Awards

    James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award

     

    The Global Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are helping to address humanity’s greatest challenges. The Award was inspired by Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, Jim Morgan. Jim demonstrates in his work and his philanthropy that technology can unleash the potential in all of us and turn our ideas into concrete solutions for a better world and that corporations can play a vital role in helping identify and extend the benefits of technology to those who need them most. Watch a short video of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.

    Read the latest blog posts about the Tech Awards Program.

Employee Involvement

Encouraging employees to help improve the way people live through volunteerism and giving.

Employees are passionate about a number of critical social issues and Applied's community involvement programs support them in making a difference around the world. The Applied Materials Foundation matches charitable donations made by employees to eligible non-governmental organizations and K-12 schools. Employees volunteer – as individuals or as teams – for a variety of causes of interest to them. And, during an annual Food Drive, employees rally to help alleviate hunger in their local communities.

Read more about employee giving and volunteerism.

Funding Guidelines

  • Education Grants
    Education inspires young minds, opens new doors and paves the way to more promising futures. At Applied Materials, we recognize that many communities and schools lack the resources and programs required to prepare their students for meaningful careers. For this reason, the majority of our K-12 education grants are directed to neighborhoods with the greatest need.

    Specific Criteria for Education Grants

    Applied Materials has a special interest in funding education grant proposals that:

    • Benefit students in grades K-12
    • Focus on traditional skills such as reading, writing, math, science and technology, and other subjects that prepare young people for entering the workforce
    • Address critical education needs through innovative approaches to learning
    • Expand existing efforts in order to reach more students or a wider geographic area
    • Actively partner with other nonprofit groups to create, implement or evaluate shared programs
    • Offer opportunities for employee engagement
    • Address community needs in North America sites where Applied Materials does business
  • Civic Engagement Grants
    When people are actively involved in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods, they help to create more vibrant, livable communities. With its civic engagement grants, Applied Materials addresses basic needs, such as food and housing, and strengthens the infrastructure of the NGO/nonprofit sector.

    Specific Criteria for Civic and Environmental Grants

    Applied Materials has a special interest in funding grant proposals that:

    • Meet basic needs such as food, water and housing
    • Support the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and its leadership
    • Provide innovative programs that can be replicated to reach more communities
    • Offer opportunities for employee engagement
    • Address community needs in sites where Applied Materials does business 
  • Arts and Culture Grants
    Creativity sparks the imagination and drives the development of new ideas that can transform the way we live. Artistic expression thrives on diversity, bringing communities together in shared experiences that transcend boundaries and foster understanding. Applied Materials supports efforts that bring the full spectrum of artistic expression to the greater community, from visual and performing arts to community events and workshops.

    Specific Criteria for Arts and Culture Grants

    Applied Materials has a special interest in funding arts and culture grant proposals that:

    • Have broad community appeal
    • Take arts and culture outside traditional settings to reach young people of diverse backgrounds, particularly in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods
    • Support nonprofit organizations in bringing the arts to educational programs and organizations
    • Offer opportunities for employee engagement
    • Serve the North America communities in which Applied Materials does business
  • Environmental Grants
    To engage community members in working toward a more sustainable future, Applied Materials and its Foundation invest in innovative renewable energy programs, environmental education, and community-based projects that demonstrate the importance and value of protecting the environment.

    Specific Criteria for Environmental Grants

    Applied Materials has a special interest in funding grant proposals that:

    • Demonstrate the benefits of solar energy (requests by invitation only)
    • Focus on environmental education for young people, especially in underserved communities
    • Encourage hands on opportunities for employee volunteers and their families
    • Provide innovative programs that can be replicated to reach more communities  
    • Address community needs in sites where Applied Materials does business 

  • Review Process
    Applied Materials and the Foundation will review grant requests semi-annually, with the deadlines of January 15 and June 15.

    Applications should be submitted through our online tool. Our focus areas and grant guidelines remain the same as does our ongoing commitment to make a positive social contribution in communities where our company does business.

    When a proposal matches guidelines and specific criteria for grants, it is forwarded to the Contribution Committees for review and award decisions. Notification dates are two months after grant deadlines.

    Applicants will receive a response from Applied Materials between March 15-31 or August 15-31 depending upon when the request is received.

    For more information please email Community_Affairs@amat.com or Applied_Materials_Foundation@amat.com.