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 for this annual grant program, which typically accepts applications during the first quarter of each year.
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.
In 2019, Indiana American Water issued four grants totaling $11,587 to the following organizations:
- City of Greenwood Stormwater Department - awarded $1,587 to incorporate a sheltered one-way looking glass shed that is available for residents to observe the nature in front of them at the community's newly added stormwater nature center. There will be a rain garden, bird baths and butterfly puddlers that will encourage wildlife to come and go. The shed will be open to the public and will allow residents to come and go as they like without disturbing wildlife along a section of trail. The rain garden will help with pollution control, flooding protection, habitat creation and water conservation.
- Indiana Dunes Learning Center - awarded $3,000 to serve more youth in its four-week summer camp which teaches 9 to 17-year-olds about watersheds and the importance of healthy water. During a full week of immersive nature camp and guided exploration in the Indiana Dunes National park, these young people will discover how their everyday actions impact nature and drinking water.
- Pheasants Forever - awarded $4,000 to replace existing maintenance-intensive turf grasses with native Indiana grasses and wildflowers at several existing Indiana American Water holding and treatment facilities. The planning will benefit city-dwelling pollinating insects, songbirds and small mammals. In addition, the project will actively engage elementary-age children in the process including outreach and educational events structured to explain the benefits of wildlife habitat for water quality.
- Porter County Parks & Recreation Department - awarded $4,000 to plant/install natural filtering strips in the Salt Creek watershed in northwest Indiana. The project will help protect against runoff pollution of Salt Creek, increase native plants to combat invasive species, and improve watershed habitat for native wildlife.
Entries in Indiana should be sent to:
Indiana American Water
ATTN: Joe Loughmiller
153 N. Emerson Ave.
Greenwood, IN 46143