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. To date, we have donated more than $575,000 to fund more than 100 projects to protect and improve the environment across the Commonwealth. 

For more information, please see our 2021 Program Brochure and Grant Application FormCompleted applications should be emailed to pa.communityrelations@amwater.com or sent to: Pennsylvania American Water, 852 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055, Attention: Lorrie Page.  

In 2021, 12 Environmental Grant recipients, listed below, received a share of grant funds totaling more than $45,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.  You can learn more about the impact of projects on local watersheds by visiting our Environmental Stewardship Map.

    The 2021 grant projects are:

    •  Allegheny County – South Park and Round Hill Park Watershed Improvements ($3000)

    With this funding, volunteers will coordinate watershed litter cleanups and tree plantings to improve riparian buffer zones and stabilization of streams in the parks.

    • Clarion County Conservation District – Clarion River Cleanup ($1,000)

    Funding will be used to remove trash and debris from an eight-mile stretch of the Clarion River upstream of the drinking water supply for the community.

    • Dickson City Borough – Dickson City Riverfront Park Rain Garden ($7,000)

    The grant will go towards the construction of a rain garden to collect stormwater runoff and create an educational opportunity for the community.

    • Ellwood City Borough – Phase II Five Points Community Garden ($2,000)

    Funding will be used to install garden beds, walking paths, benches and signage as part of the Five Points Community Garden Project.

    • Indiana Borough – Storm Drain Art Project ($362)

    This project involves placing art installations around public storm drains in order to educate the community along the new Watershed Trail.

    • Lower Allen Township – Water Sampling/Analysis in Cedar Run/Yellow Breeches Creek ($5,000)

    Funding will support water sampling along sections of Cedar Run and Yellow Breeches Creek.  A GIS Storymap of the project will also be created.

    • Stroud Water Research Center – Watershed Education Mobile Lab ($7,000)

    Using this funding, the center will develop a mobile lab to provide meaningful watershed education programming to underserved and environmental justice communities.  The lab will allow the center to raise awareness of local watershed issues and empower participants to be good stewards of their water resources.

    • Tree Pittsburgh – Tree Adoption Program ($5,000)

    This grant will allow the organization to engage and educate residents about the benefits of trees, watershed function and health while providing trees to help reforest the community.

    •  Tri County Clean Ways – Mahoning River Stream Cleanup ($1,000)

    Funding will support a floating cleanup of the Mahoning River, allowing volunteers to collect litter, trash, and tires along the way.

    • Upper Providence Township – Upper Providence Township Watershed Education Program ($2,820)

    This funding will be used toward programs and activities to educate the community on the importance of water conservation, watershed protection, and storm water runoff in order to engage and encourage citizens to manage water runoff at home.

    • Washington County Watershed Alliance – Long-term Water Monitoring and Baseline Testing ($3,000)

    The grant will support water quality monitoring to assess stream quality to determine future restoration projects.

    • Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley – Live Staking for Watershed Protection ($8,350)

    With the grant, the organization will establish native shrub nurseries for future live stakes and establish a low-cost option for riparian buffers to restore water quality. Educational programming will also be conducted to encourage buffer plantings.

    A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from more than 50 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability. 

    Wilson West Middle School 2019

    Wilson Wilson West Middle School Special Education instructor Javius Galan used a 2019 environmental grant to purchase saplings for students to plant on school grounds in Sinking Spring. This project was part of an ongoing effort by Galan and other Wilson West teachers to plant more than 2,000 native trees, plants, grasses, and shrubs on the wetlands behind the school to create an environmental education area for students and the surrounding community.