Hecla Charitable Foundation

Hecla Charitable Foundation

The Hecla Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to provide grants and disburse funds for educational and charitable purposes to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and to promote the social, environmental, and economic sustainability and development of communities where we operate, including Juneau and Angoon.

Our Focus Areas

Within this overall mission, the Foundation focuses on four areas: education, community programs, youth activities and health services.

Education Partnerships

Providing educational opportunities in our local communities has always been a priority for Hecla. We have partnered with a number of organizations on programs that are specifically geared toward training students for a career in mining. Examples include:

Pathway Program and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Center for Mine Training

In 2020, Greens Creek renewed a partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast Center for Mine Training by committing a gift of $315,000 for scholarship assistance. Pathway to Mining Careers is a world-class workforce development program that prepares Alaskans for key jobs in the mining industry. This latest investment marks 10 years and $1.2 million in contributions to UAS since the partnership began. To date, more than 10% of the diesel mechanics at Greens Creek have started their career paths at UAS.


The Foundation provides grants to qualified nonprofit U.S. and Canadian organizations classified as public charities and tax-exempt under the respective government agency code.

Application Information

Grant applicants must submit a Foundation Grant Application including a current IRS tax-exempt determination letter.

Before submission of an application, you are strongly encouraged to contact us and discuss your needs. Grant applications that are recommended to the Foundation by Hecla employees in the community have a greater chance of success.

Grant applications should be submitted well in advance of funding needs, as there will be limited application-review intervals during the year.