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.
The 2020 Indiana American Water Environmental Grant Program winners are:
- City of Gary - Clean Water Accessibility for Green Infrastructure Maintenance
The City of Gary, in partnership with the Gary Youth Services Bureau and the Student Conservation Association, will use its funds to increase watershed protection in the Lake Michigan watershed by developing a green infrastructure maintenance plan for the city’s urban conservation team and community growers and farmers. The plan will include training and educational sessions and materials for municipal employees and community groups, and developing an operating procedures manual for the city’s water trailer, which uses potable water for tree plantings, green infrastructure maintenance, and watering community gardens that don’t have access to a nearby water source.
- City of West Lafayette — Wiggins Street Native Tree, Shrub & Grass Planting Project
The City of West Lafayette, in partnership with the West Lafayette Tree Friends and the Tippecanoe Invasive Cooperative Taskforce, will use funding to remove invasive shrubs along Wiggins Street near the Purdue University campus and install native trees, shrubs and grasses. The project will have numerous environmental benefits, including reducing stormwater runoff and erosion and sequestering hundreds of pounds of carbon annually.
- Friends of Marquette Park — Respect and Protect Lake Michigan Project
The Friends of Marquette Park, in partnership with several other local groups, will use funding to create educational materials, programs and displays on protecting Lake Michigan and the Marquette Park beach and surrounding shorelines by practicing safe and contaminant-free recreation.
- Friends of Sugar Creek in Montgomery County — Adopt-a-Storm-Drain Program
The Friends of Sugar Creek in Montgomery County will use its funds to develop, operate and engage local residents to pledge 15 minutes a month to ensure a cleaner watershed and a healthier Sugar Creek through its Adopt-a-Storm-Drain program. Participants will pledge to keep drains free of trash, leaves, and other debris and to report progress on an interactive website.
- Indiana Conservation Partnership — Expansion of the Pathway to Water Quality Exhibit
The Indiana Conservation Partnership, in partnership with several other groups/agencies, will use funding to expand the Pathway to Water Quality exhibit at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The exhibit has been helping to protect source water since 1993 by providing hands-on water quality education to State Fair attendees. Grant funding will be used to help expand the exhibit in time for the 2021 Indiana State Fair, including preparing for increased live demonstrations, visitor seating and septic education.
Entries in Indiana should be sent to:
Indiana American Water
ATTN: Joe Loughmiller
153 N. Emerson Ave.
Greenwood, IN 46143