Firefighter Grant Program

Applications are now open for the 2023 Firefighter Grant Program!

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 22. Click here to view last year's recipients.

Illinois American Water firefighter grant program

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 provide 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 service territories.

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, or
  • Training and related activities/materials that will be used to support community fire protection (Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks, is eligible.)

Only uniformed, professional and volunteer fire departments serving Illinois American Water’s designated 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 or district is required to notify Illinois American Water when the project requirements have been completed.

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