Illinois American Water’s Annual Environmental Grant Program Open for Applications; Deadline is March 31, 2021
Belleville, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2021) – Illinois American Water is accepting applications for the company’s 2021 Environmental Grant Program. The program provides funding of up to $10,000 to innovative, community-based projects.
For over a decade, Illinois American Water has awarded environmental grants to diverse initiatives across Illinois. According to Illinois American Water President Justin Ladner, “more than $247,000 has been contributed to 74 projects since the program began in 2009.” He said, “At Illinois American Water we know how precious our water resources are, and we want to do our part to protect the environment. Our efforts include green practices like recycling, using solar to generate power, partnering with farmers to apply residuals and biosolids, wise water use education, and more. We are excited to also partner with local environmental heroes to improve, protect, and restore watersheds.”
Past projects supported by Illinois American Water’s environmental grant program have included watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives, hazardous waste collection efforts, water protection education efforts, and more.
To apply for an Environmental Grant, an organization’s project must take place in an Illinois American Water service area. The project must also:
- Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community.
- Be completed between May 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021.
- Introduce a new community initiative 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 grant monies are utilized).
Last year, Illinois American Water awarded eight grants totaling over $25,000 as follows:
- Bolingbrook Park District received a $3,500 grant for the Phase IV DuPage River and Hidden Lakes Bank Stabilization and Habitat Enforcement Project to purchase native plugs and coconut logs to absorb water flow and sediment.
- Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES) received a $1,067 grant to expand the limited battery collection process in Champaign County.
- Conservation Foundation in Naperville received a $5,000 grant to work with the DuPage and Will County Forest Preserves to strategically place signs, pet waste bags and trash This effort prevents waste from entering local water ways.
- Friends of Fox River (FOFR) received a $2,500 grant to support expanding water quality education and story mapping projects by creating stream
- Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit received a $3,700 grant for environmental improvement efforts in the Rock River watershed by cleaning the river and creek banks. Signage for the Kelly Creek watershed was installed and a new public use trail was constructed.
- Peoria Park District received an $860 grant to support the Illinois River Funds were used to supply gloves, trash bags, dumpsters, and tire recycling.
- Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria received a $5,000 grant to support efforts to decrease storm water runoff. By building a rain garden and butterfly sanctuary the group will help decrease storm water runoff.
- Urbana Park District received a $4,000 grant to support the Meadowbrook Park Habitat Enhancement and Floodplain Prairie Expansion Project.
Ladner said, “Everyone has the ability to positively impact their local watershed and source water. Some of our greatest water savers are our young customers who turn off the water when brushing their teeth and remind their parents to do the same. Everyone can be an environmental hero.”
He added that staying informed about what goes into providing safe reliable water service is also impactful. Illinois American Water customers can access their water quality report by zip code at www.illinoisamwater.com under the Water Quality tab. Wise water use tips can also be found on the company’s website.
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit www.illinoisamwater.com and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
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