American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) are thrilled to announce the 2024 Water and Environment Grant Program.

Important: If your organization historically applied to both American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation environmental grant programs, please note only one environmental-focused grant program will be offered in 2024. The American Water Environmental Grant Program has been discontinued and blended into the Foundation’s Water and Environment Grant Program.

Applications will be accepted in the following states served by American Water, in addition to its Military Service locations: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Grants will be awarded to help fund innovative, community-based projects that:

  • improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies
  • promote water conservation
  • improve equitable access to water-based recreation in underserved communities

To qualify:

  • Applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or K-12 public school, college or university.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant being awarded
  • Projects must be located within and benefit American Water’s service areas

Applications must be received online between February 5 – March 15, 2024. Grant decisions will be announced by April 30. To apply online, please visit or click the image below. Paper applications will not be accepted.

American Water Environmental Grant Program

The 2022 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant recipients are as follows:

James River Association received funding to help Hopewell City Schools incorporate environmental literacy into curriculum that aligns with the 4th grade Virginia SOLs for watersheds and ecosystems and provide approximately 260 students and 16 teachers with hands-on educational lessons and outdoor hands-on field experiences to the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.

Four Mile Run Conservatory received funding for the expansion of their kayak clean-up program to allow for 15 scheduled public kayak clean-ups in 2022 and flatwater safety rescue training for 5 volunteer clean-up leaders for support of the program, and program coordinator.