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 2009, 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:

  • Be located within New Jersey American Water’s service area;
  • Address a source water or watershed protection in the community;
  • Be completed between May 2021 and November 2021;
  • Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program;
  • Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations;
  • Provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the grant monies are utilized);
  • Salaries and compensation for support of a project or program are ineligible for the grant.

For more information, please see our 2021 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form. If you have questions about the grant or grant process, please email njenvgrant@amwater.com.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

2020 Environmental Grant Recipients

In 2020, New Jersey American Water issued four grants totaling more than $35,000 to the following organizations: 

Montclair State University’s New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology (NJCWST) was awarded $10,000 for the creation of a “Traveling Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Lab” which will extend and advance NJCWST’s work in STEM education and promote community awareness of the importance and impact of surface and groundwater protection.

Garwood Green Team was awarded $8,688 for the installation of water fountains with enhanced bottle filling stations. These will encourage the use of refillable water bottles while reducing the need for single-use plastic water bottles which inevitably become litter or trash.

Sustainable Audubon was awarded $10,000 for the creation of two rain gardens that will demonstrate how surface water quality can be improved through volume reduction and the detention of direct discharge and overland flow runoff. These rain gardens will be used as part of their education outreach program to illustrate how additional improvements in urban environments can be accomplished.

Howell Township Organic Community Garden (HOCG) was awarded $6,550 for the implementation of a water conservation drip irrigation and fabric for the town’s local community garden which donates fresh produce to local community groups.

To see previous grant recipients: 

List of towns and map of New Jersey American Water Service areas