New Jersey American Water Launches New Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant Program

Funding available to support inclusion and diversity initiatives for nonprofit organizations and public schools in company’s service areas

CAMDEN, N.J. – SEPT. 7, 2023 – New Jersey American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s new Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant Program. With the launch of this program, New Jersey American Water is proud to support the efforts of local organizations for the purpose of advancing inclusion and diversity related initiatives in the communities it serves.

“Over the last several years, New Jersey American Water has championed many important inclusion and diversity efforts to support meaningful change across the communities we serve,” said Mark McDonough, president of New Jersey American Water. “Investing in community organizations that are working to make New Jersey a more equitable and friendly place to live, work and play benefits us all. Inclusion and diversity make us a better company and allow us to better serve our customers across New Jersey. This grant program seeks to expand that mission.”

This program will provide financial assistance to organizations seeking to develop and implement programs, training or community-related projects that aim to promote and foster inclusion and diversity in their community. The maximum grant amount is $2,500.

“We recognize that all backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences make our company better, and we’re constantly striving to build an inclusive and mutually respectful workplace,” McDonough continued. “American Water’s culture embraces that we are all beautifully different, and our efforts with this new grant program is an extension of the value we place on being an inclusive company that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve.”

To qualify for a grant, the organization, project, or event must:

  • Be located within a New Jersey American Water service area.
  • Be a new, innovative community initiative or serve as a significant expansion to an existing
  • Promote inclusion and diversity in the community the organization serves.
  • Applicant must be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity or K-12 public school, college, or university.

Additional information and the grant application can be found on the company’s Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program webpage. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. Recipients will be notified by the end of October.

Funding for the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant Program will be provided by the American Water Charitable Foundation, as part of its State Strategic Grant Program, focused on high-impact projects and initiatives throughout American Water’s national footprint.  State Strategic grants are part of the Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, focused on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities.

New Jersey 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 wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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