Applications are now open for the 2022 Firefighter Grant Program!

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 9, 2022. Click here to view last year's recipients.

Illinois American Water is proud to partner with our local firefighters and emergency responders. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and invaluable service to provide fire protection. To show our appreciation, Illinois American Water created the Firefighter Grant Program to benefit local fire departments.

The Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to uniformed, professional and volunteer fire departments serving communities in the company’s designated service territories, including sale-for-resale areas within Illinois American Water’s service area.

Grant applications should indicate a need for funds to cover costs associated with the following:

  • Personal protective gear
  • Communications equipment
  • Firefighting tools
  • Water handling equipment
  • Training and related activities/materials that will be used to support community fire protection
  • Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

Only uniformed, professional and volunteer fire departments serving Illinois American Water’s service areas, including sale-for-resale communities, are eligible to receive funding. No grants will be made to individuals.

The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Fire departments/districts are eligible for one grant per calendar year. The fire department-district is required to notify Illinois American Water when the project requirements have been completed.

If you prefer to submit a letter of application, please email to or mail it to Illinois American Water, Attn: Katie Fidler, 1406 Cardinal Ct., Urbana, IL 61801. All applications that are mailed must be postmarked by September 9, 2022.