Virginia American Water Accepting Applications for 2022 Environmental Grant Program

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2022, and recipients will be notified in May.

ALEXANDRIA, V.A. – March 2, 2022 – Virginia American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2022 Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding of up to $7,500 for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in local communities. Activities like watershed cleanups, water quality monitoring, and surface or groundwater protection education are just a few examples of projects supported through this grant program.

“Our Environmental Grant Program has supported dozens of organizations rooted in the communities we serve,” said Barry Suits, president of Virginia American Water. “These organizations, such as James River Association, Colonial Beach Community Foundation and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, have leveraged our program to make a positive impact on our local watersheds and cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards. This annual program reinforces our commitment to protecting our most precious natural resource while promoting water conservation and education for generations to come.”

To qualify for consideration of funding, proposed projects must:

  • Be located within one of Virginia American Water’s service areas
  • Be completed between May and November of the grant funding year
  • Constitute a new, innovative community initiative or 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)

A panel of judges will evaluate the applications based on various criteria including goals, impact, innovation, design and sustainability. The nature of the project’s collaboration with other community organizations as well as its overall community engagement will also be considered. All applicants are expected to outline specific, measurable goals for the projects in their proposals.  Additional details and the application form are available online. For additional information, please contact

 Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2022, and recipients will be notified in May.

Virginia 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 services to approximately 350,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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