American Water 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.
We are pleased to offer assistance to community partners to help make a positive impact on the environment, and we encourage you to apply. For more information, please see our 2023 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.

To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be:

  • Located within an American Water service area
  • Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
  • Be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.


The 2021 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant recipients are as follows:

James River Association received funding to engage Hopewell City Public Schools’ fourth grade student body and provide them an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, water-based environmental education experience at the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.

Colonial Beach Community Foundation received funding to activate and deliver a program starting in the Summer of 2021 that will engage and educate the property owners and residents of Colonial Beach on how to mitigate and manage precipitation and stormwater that is running off into the Potomac River and/or ponding in their yards.

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River received funding to engage and expand environmental opportunities for youth of the tri-cities communities.