ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT PROGRAM
Our commitment to protecting the environment runs deep and we’re proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision.
Established in 2005, our annual Environmental Grant Program offers funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in our local communities.
We are pleased to offer assistance to community partners to help make a positive impact on the environment, and we encourage you to apply.
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.
The five recipients of Iowa American Water’s 2020 Environmental Grant Awards are:
- Davenport West High STEM Boosters will be awarded a $2,000 grant for the Clean Water for Kenya Initiative & Local Water Education project -- Students and community partners are collaborating on the Clean Water for Kenya Initiative, which is expected to stop waterborne illness while maintaining flow rates that will ultimately save lives in Kenya. The project has two focus areas: a filtration system that will be implemented in Kenya and a local/international sanitary water education program.
- Keep Scott County Beautiful will be awarded $2,000 for its Restocking Supplies for the 16th Annual Xstream Cleanup (XC) -- In the 16 years that XC has existed, Keep Scott County Beautiful has built a strong network of partner organizations and sponsors, including Iowa American Water. As the total from previous cleanups show, this support and collaboration has truly made a huge impact. The grant will allow XC to restock essential cleanup supplies used by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year.
- Partners of Scott County Watersheds (PSCW) will be awarded a $1,835 grant to purchase Snapshot Water Quality Monitoring Supplies -- PSCW is currently borrowing water quality monitoring equipment from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, whose IOWATER program was discontinued in 2017 and will no longer be funded. PSCW will purchase its own testing supplies in order to continue its spring, summer and fall Snapshot volunteer water quality monitoring events and contribute to its 20+ years of water quality data.
- River Action, Inc. will be awarded a $1,500 grant for its Junge Park Bluebell Planting Project. River Action and the City of Davenport will partner to convert a section of land in Junge Park into a natural area. The cropland will be transformed into a native prairie and woodland by 2021. The wooded area is full of invasive species, including honeysuckle, red canary grass, Japanese hops and garlic mustard. The funding will support a bluebell plugging project, which is a beautiful way to transform a wooded area.
- Davenport Parks & Recreation will be awarded $1,500 for its Park Prairies program. There are multiple parks in the city with large areas of mown turf (Blue Grass). Davenport Parks & Recreation will implement native grass areas to help with infiltration of storm water along with adding more aesthetic walking paths in the parks.
Entries in IA should be sent to:
Lisa M. Reisen, PHR
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807