SIGNATURE PROGRAM – BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES

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The Building Better Communities initiative helps communities served by American Water enhance or create public park spaces that encourage the community to engage in water, nature-inspired play, environmental education, and water-based recreation. During the last seven years, through our partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) has awarded $2.8 million to 18 communities served by American Water. We are pleased to continue our partnership with NRPA and anticipate awarding additional projects in 2021. For information regarding this grant opportunity, please contact the American Water Charitable Foundation or NRPA Program Manager, Michele White.

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Celebrating Our Impact: 7 years in 7 minutes

 

NRPA Podcast, July 2020
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Building Better Communities Through Water and Nature-Based Play AWCF Grantees from MD and TN, AWCF President joins 29:23
NRPA Magazine, April 2020
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Reflecting Our Values in the Community
NRPA Magazine, August 2020
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Restoring Nature’s Playground



AMWater Splashpad Map

18 Grants Awarded

Year

Project Title/Location

City

State

Grant

Open Date

2020 Grantees (Yr 7)

Lawson City Park Splash Pad
Young's Creek Park Splash Pad

Lawson
Franklin

MO
IN

$250,000
$250,000

2021
2021

2019 Grantees (Yr 6)

St. Cloud All-Inclusive Splash Pad
Riverfront Park Splash Pad

Huntington
Alton

WV
IL

$250,000
$250,000

2021
2021

2018 Grantees (Yr 5)

East Lake Park
Chesapeake Sensory Plaza

Chattanooga
Bel Air

TN
MD

$150,000
$150,000

2020
2020

2017 Grantees (Yr 4)

Palmer Park
Peoria GreenSplash
Robert’s Lake

Coatesville
Peoria
Seaside

PA
IL
CA

$150,000
$150,000
$150,000

2019
2018
2018

2016 Grantees (Yr 3)

Hopewell City Park
Fejervary Learning Center

Hopewell
Davenport

VA
IA

$150,000
$139,700

2017
2017

2015 Grantees (Yr 2)

Magic Island Park Splash Pad
Washington Reed Park
Von Nieda Park

Charleston
Gary
Camden

WV
IN
NJ

$150,000
$125,000
$125,000

2017
2017
2016

2014 Grantees (Yr 1)

Lackawanna Heritage Trail
Bellevue Park
Camarillo Grove Park
Brunswick Downtown Courtyard

Scanton
Belleville
Camarillo
Brunswick

PA
IL
CA
MO

$150,000
$109,000
$75,000
$50,000

2015
2015
2015
2015

Total

     

$2,823,700

 

AWCF Awards $500,000 to 2020 Grantees
AWCF Awards $500,000 to 2019 Grantees
AWCF Announces $1.5M Grant with NRPA
AWCF Awards $150,000 to 2018 NRPA Grantee in Bel Air, MD
AWCF Awards $150,000 to 2018 NRPA Grantee in Chattanooga, TN
AWCF Awards $450,000 to 2017 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $290,000 to 2016 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $400,000 to 2015 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $384,000 to 2014 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Announces $2.5M Grant Program with NRPA