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Environmental Grant Program

At American Water, we are committed to protecting the environment in the communities we serve and are proud to support the efforts of local organizations who share our vision.

Established in 2005, our annual Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies in our local communities. We are pleased to offer this modest assistance to our community partners, while leveraging local resources and capabilities to make a positive impact on the environment.

To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be:

  • Located within an American Water service area
  • Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
  • Be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.

For more information, please see our 2015 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.  To access our electronic fillable version of the form, click here.

For more information about the program in your state, please see below:



2014 California American Water Environmental Grant Program

California American Water is issued two grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations:

  • The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, located in the company’s Monterey service area, received $6,000 to fund its Steelhead Recovery Signage Project in Carmel. The Carmel River does not have signage indicating that a steelhead recovery plan is currently underway. The project involves designing, planning, constructing and installing “Steelhead Recovery Site” signs at critical public access points along the Carmel River and its tributary creeks. The signs will help preserve the rearing habitat and riparian quality for the threatened species by informing and educating the public of the names of the Carmel River’s tributary creeks along with the importance of treating them as steelhead recovery sites.
  • Mira Loma High School was awarded $4,000 for its Arcade Creek Project in Sacramento. Currently in its 14th year, the project is a student-led ecological field study comprised of over 300 high school junior and senior science students from the International Baccalaureate Program at Mira Loma High School. The project will continue to allow students to conduct and evaluate field research to determine the overall health of the Arcade Creek by identifying non-native species and invasive species removal. Students participate in restoration outings, removing invasive species and consistent monitoring to assure they do not reoccur.

Entries in CA should be sent to:
Brian Barreto
8657 Grand Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770



2014 Illinois American Water Environmental Grant Program

Illinois American Water issued six grants totaling $15,825 to the following organizations:

  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center received a $5,000 grant for the Expanding Stream Discovery: New Watersheds and Increased Stewardship Project. The project is an environmental education project that provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn about water quality in their community by monitoring a local stream. Currently, Stream Discovery training is available solely to teachers and students living in the Piasa Creek Watershed, so the goal of this project is to expand outreach to three new Illinois watersheds. Other partners on this project include National Geographic, Bradley University, The Nature Institute and Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Lewis and Clark Community College received a $2,300 grant for the Stormwater Runoff Management Bioswale Project. Through this project, faculty from Lewis and Clark Community College engaged Alton Middle School students to install two native planted bioswales at the college, which are expected to improve water quality by providing filtering runoff and reducing velocity.
  • Stratton Elementary School in Champaign is received a $4,000 grant for a rain garden project. Stratton Elementary students, faculty and parents helped construct a rain garden containing native plants, which will be used as an outdoor learning center to strengthen learning about and connection to the environment.
  • Southern Illinois Groundwater Protection Committee received  a $1,625 grant for Mississippi River Clean-Ups that engaged about 100 environmentalists to clear trash for disposal or recycling over approximately 2 miles Mississippi River shoreline in East St. Louis.
  • The City of South Beloit received a $2,300 grant for the Meet Me at the Confluence Invasive Species Removal Project. This project helps remove and control undesirable invasive species and weedy native species along a newly established preliminary public access route at the confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek.
  • Bluestem Communication in partnership with Mississippi River Network and Piasa Palisades Sierra Club received a $600 grant to clean 16 miles of the Illinois Great River Road.

See 2013 Winners in the press release.

See 2012 Winners in the press release.



2014 Indiana American Water Environmental Grant Program

Indiana American Water is issuing five grants totaling $9,300 to the following organizations:

  • The City of Noblesville will use its $2,500 grant for The Hague Road Tree Planting Project, which will use green infrastructure to manage storm water runoff in the area by helping to filter pollutants before they reach nearby Cicero Creek. The project will remove soil sediment, reduce flood damage and runoff, and increase water quality by reducing pollution by as much as 80 percent. The plantings will also provide secondary benefits like cooling nearby air temperatures and capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $1,377 for its Green in 2014 Rain Barrel Painting Contest. The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District will use the grant to fund a pilot project of the Clark/Floyd County “Green in southern Indiana” campaign. The project, which includes developing a rain barrel painting contest for local elementary schools, is designed to increase awareness of urban impacts to area stream water quality and habitat by promoting cost-effective and environmentally friendly storm water management techniques.
  • The Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Inc. will use its $2,500 grant to focus on creating a rain garden and bioswale to filter storm water runoff from a parking lot at the 157-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. Project plans also include involving community residents and a local Girl Scout troop to help install the rain garden and native vegetation.
  • The City of Sullivan was awarded $3,500 for its Central Park Plaza Watershed Protection Project. The Central Park Plaza is a new park under development in the City of Sullivan in western Indiana. This watershed protection project involves planting several large trees on the community’s first public green space, a new 4.3-acre park located in downtown Sullivan. The trees will reduce storm water runoff and pollutants in local streams, enhance air quality, and encourage local residents to use water wisely and to adopt practices and habits in their daily lives to improve water quality. Plans for Central Park also include expanding an existing structure located on the site to include a new community center and amphitheater.
  • The Wabash Riverkeeper was awarded $400 for the De-Trash the Wabash clean-up expansion to purchase supplies for expanding current De-Trash the Wabash river clean-up efforts to surrounding counties near the company’s West Lafayette district. De-Trash the Wabash is an annual river clean-up event bringing together hundreds of volunteers each spring to clean up the stream banks of the area’s most valuable water resource. Wabash Riverkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Entries in IN should be sent to:
Indiana American Water
555 E. County Line Rd., 
Greenwood, IN 46143



2014 Iowa American Water Environmental Grant Program

Iowa American Water is issuing four grants totaling more than $7,700 to the following organizations:

  • River Action, Inc. will use its funds for a retention and infiltration project in the Duck Creek Watershed within the City of Davenport. The project will combine bioswales, native plantings and check dams to reduce storm water runoff, flooding and pollution at a priority location within the Duck Creek watershed.
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center will utilize its grant to enhance a 2-acre vernal pond by installing a water control structure and by planting native vegetation. This project will improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife, including the rare Blanding’s turtle.
  • Davenport Community Schools’ grant will be used for “Science in Progress: Connecting 5th Grade Science Curriculum with Water Quality”. Science in Progress is to engender community-wide ownership, promote environmental awareness and solicit a community call to action through the scientific inquiry and service learning experiences of elementary-aged youth. The proposed project will establish a generational approach to watershed and water source protection by aligning city and school resources to empower 5th grade youth as environmental stewards and advocates, including introducing and supporting service learning opportunities such as clean-up throughout the community.
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful is receiving a grant for the Xstream Clean-up, which is an annual Quad-City-wide clean-up of streams, creeks, drainage areas and sections of the Mississippi River. About 1,500 volunteers will help the community and our environment by clearing debris from 40-50 sites in August. Last year, volunteers removed approximately 45,534 pounds of debris from area waterways.

Entries in IA should be sent to:
Lisa M. Reisen, PHR
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA  52807



2015 Kentucky American Water Environmental Grant Program

Since launching the program in 2006, Kentucky American Water has awarded more than $165,000 for environmental projects.

To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be:

• Located within Kentucky American Water's 11-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas Owen, Scott and Woodford counties)
• Address a source water or watershed protection need
• Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
• Establish a new or innovative program or a significant expansion to an existing program
• Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership of at least two organizations; and provide evidence of sustainability.

Hard copy applications should be mailed to:
Susan Lancho
Kentucky American Water
2300 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY 40502

For more information about the program, contact Susan Lancho at

2014 Kentucky American Water Environmental Grant Program

Kentucky American Water is issuing four grants totaling nearly $30,000 to the following organizations:

  • Sustainable Aquaculture, coordinated by the City of Midway, Ky., in partnership with Kentucky State University and the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Division of Aquaculture, has earned a $10,000 grant to re-purpose tanks from a decommissioned wastewater facility to be used for sustainable fish production in an aquaculture facility. Hybrid bass will be raised in the tanks and the facility will serve as an educational site for school groups, farmers, and agricultural-related tourism.
  • Community Waterways Clean-Up, coordinated by the Friends of Stoner Creek in Bourbon County in partnership with the Bourbon County Road Department, local school groups and the local Boy Scouts of America, is receiving a $2,400 grant to support a clean-up effort for various sections of Stoner Creek, a major waterway in Bourbon County, Ky. Portions of the creek are littered with various types of debris, including tires, which is reducing creek flow and impairing water quality.
  • Operation Clear, Preserve, and Reclaim, coordinated by the Owen County Fair Board in partnership with the Owen County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Owen County Fiscal Court, Owen County Soil Conservation District and community volunteers, is receiving a $10,000 grant to make four acres of park land in Owen County, Ky., more accessible to the public as a passive recreation area. The project will include the reclamation of overgrown acreage and the enhancement of a natural spring that has been identified. A pergola will be constructed near the stream to be used as an outdoor classroom and for other uses.
  • Urban Orchard Project, coordinated by Seedleaf in partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Town Branch Tree Experts, ALT32 Architects and community volunteers, is receiving a $7,400 grant to install an urban orchard on a neglected, vacant lot in downtown Lexington, Ky. The orchard will assist in addressing erosion and storm water runoff problems at the site and will engage youth in learning how to maintain the land as well as plant and harvest fruits and vegetables.


2015 Missouri American Water Environmental Grant Program

Missouri American Water announces five watershed-related projects receiving funding from the company’s annual Environmental Grant Program.

These grants are part of American Water’s national Environmental Grant Program, which began in 2005.  The grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships.

The 2015 grant recipients are:

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri located in Joplin will use funds for the purchase and promotion of permanent prescription drug drop-off boxes.  This project is a collaborative effort among many organizations including Joplin Schools, Jasper County Sheriffs and the Joplin Police Department.
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin will use funds for the annual “Shoal Creek Water Festival” bringing awareness to the need to protect Shoal Creek as it is Joplin’s main source of drinking water.
Missouri River Relief for the “Big Muddy Home Waters” clean-up.  Funds are used to organize community based clean-ups of trash from the Missouri River in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment in St. Louis will use the grant to purchase an interactive watershed health educational display.  This model will introduce and teach watershed protection concepts to local residents.
The St. Joseph Youth Alliance will use funds for “Project WET,” a program with local youth involving stream clean-ups and water quality testing.

Entires in MO should be sent to:
Christie Barnhart
2650 E. 32nd Street Ste. 121
Joplin, MO  64804


New Jersey

2015 New Jersey American Water Environmental Grant Program

In 2014, New Jersey American Water issued five grants totaling more than $36,000 to the following organizations:

  • Borough of Highlands, Monmouth County will use its grant for a project to install 100 rain barrels throughout the borough to encourage residents to collect and reuse rain water for watering gardens, agriculture, washing cars, plumbing and to create filtered water.
  • Camden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program’s grant will be used for a plan to install 20 street trees in East Camden which will replace 320 square feet of concrete to increase storm water filtration by 15,000 gallons and improve the Delaware Watershed.
  • Cranbury Environmental Commission will utilize its grant to construct a rain garden at Village Park parking lot and Brainerd Lake. The rain garden will slow pollutant runoff from the parking lot into the lake.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (Lebanon, NJ) ) was awarded a grant to install bat boxes near the Round Valley Reservoir. Bats are predators of flying insects, consuming up to 3,000 insects each night. By thinning the insect population, bats help to reduce or stop the use of chemical pesticides which produce harmful runoff into the reservoir.
  • Raritan & Millstone Rivers Flood Control Commission will receive a grant to install webcams and a weather station at the confluence of the Raritan and Millstone Rivers to monitor rainfall amounts and weather conditions. The project will allow police and emergency management to view the river and track the flow and height of waters after major storms for the potential to prevent and/or react to flooding conditions.

To apply for this year's program, view our 2015 NJ Environmental Grant Program Guidelines.

Entries for New Jersey should be mailed to:
New Jersey American Water
P.O. Box 102
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Attn: Greer Thacker

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New York

2014 New York American Water Environmental Grant Program

New York American Water is issuing one grant totaling $5,000 to the following organization:

  • The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County will use its grant for the Grow Native|Live Native project, which encourages county residents to think about the health of their environment and engages them in learning about and creating native plant gardens in their homes, businesses and community. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses greatly improves the health of the ecosystem, preserves the underground water aquifers, uses fewer fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, is more sustainable and ultimately saves the homeowner money.

Entries in NY should be sent to:
New York American Water

60 Brooklyn Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566



Entries for Pennsylvania must be postmarked by Mar. 13, 2015 and mailed to:

ATTN: Environmental Grant Program
Pennsylvania American Water
800 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033.

2014 Pennsylvania American Water Environmental Grant Program

Pennsylvania American Water is issuing six grants totaling approximately $35,000 to the following organizations:

  • Abington Area Joint Recreation Board, Lackawanna County will host an “Earth Camp” that focuses on environmental education, art and fitness for school children in grades fifth through seventh. Students will experience environmental studies and learn more about the water issues facing the world today.
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Washington County plans to protect and restore sections of Dutch Fork, a tributary of the Buffalo Creek, by stabilizing stream banks, enhancing fish habitat and installing riparian buffer to improve water quality.
  • Brandywine Valley Association, Chester County will use the funding to develop environmental educational programs for students in the Coatesville Area School District. Children will gain a better understanding of the watershed and learn stewardship practices to sustain the quality of the community’s water resources.
  • Londonderry Township, Dauphin County’s grant will support restoration of the riparian buffer along sections of the Swatara Creek, with local volunteers planting native trees and shrubs to vegetate the restored floodplain.
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council, Allegheny County will implement a series of household chemical collection events in western Pennsylvania, as well as educate residents about minimizing the amount of waste generated and the health effects of using toxic materials.
  • Plains Township, Luzerne County will use the grant to construct a rain garden and nature habitat in its municipal park. The project will provide an educational experience for all ages to learn about sustainability, watershed protection, stormwater management and pollution control.

See our 2013 Winners press release.



2014 Tennessee American Water Environmental Grant Program

Tennessee American Water is issuing three grants totaling $8,700 to the following organizations:

  • Lookout Mountain Conservancy will utilize its funding for “Environmental Connection: Connecting Youth with Water and Land”, the third phase of a kudzu, trash removal and restoration project with tree-planting on Chattanooga Creek and the Tennessee River.
  • Normal Park Museum Magnet – Wireless Water Quality Monitor System: Students and community members will design and implement a wireless water quality monitor system, obtaining real-time data to be shared with local government, nonprofits and businesses.
  • Tennessee River Gorge Trust – Bird Banding Laboratory and Visitor Pavilion Bird banding laboratory and visitor pavilion will be constructed. The lab will serve as the hub for long-term neotropical song-bird inventories, as well as a tool for community engagement through citizen science events.

Entries for TN should be sent to:
Kathryn Hart
Tennessee American Water
109 Wiehl Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403



2014 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant Program

Virginia American Water is issuing four grants totaling $7,500 to the following organizations:

  • Friends of the Lower Appomattox River is receiving $1,000 for an erosion control project on the road leading to the canoe access point. Rocks will be installed to prevent soil erosion.
  • Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) is receiving $2,000 for a water conservation program using rain barrels. FOTO will use the funds to purchase rain barrels and conduct workshops to educate community members on the beneficial use of rain barrels for watering gardens.
  • The Prince William Conservation Alliance in Woodbridge is receiving $1,500 for a tree planting program at the Prince William County Dog Park on Minnieville Road. The project is intended to help prevent erosion and slow storm water runoff to Neabsco Creek, improve community appearance in a very visible location, and improve wildlife habitat.
  • Indiana University, in Kokomo, Ind., is partnering with Virginia American Water in a characterization study of E. coli in the Appomattox River. The university is receiving $3,000 to study the source of pathogens. Intake river water samples will be analyzed under base flow and high flow conditions using molecular techniques and cultivation methods.

Entries in VA should be sent to:
Christian Volk, Ph.D.,
Water Quality Manager
VA/MD-American Water
900 Industrial Street, PO Box 60
Hopewell, VA 23860


West Virginia

2015 West Virginia American Water Environmental Grant Program

Accepting applications now through March 13, 2015.

Entries in WV should be sent to:
West Virginia American Water
Attn: Megan Hannah
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302