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.
To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be:
- Located within a West Virginia 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.
In 2022, West Virginia American Water awarded five grants totaling $16,340 to the following organizations:
- Delta Waterfowl West Virginia Chapter ($2,500) to build and install duck boxes, build and install mallard nests, spray for invasive plant species and plant vegetation that support waterfowl, and pickup and remove trash from riverbanks
- Elk River Trail Foundation ($2,340) to support the “Clean Places” project, which will decrease the amount of litter in and along the Elk River through engaging community members and businesses to be part of cleanup, educating the community on the harmful effects of litter on roadways and waterways, and providing cleanup toolkits
- Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council ($2,500) to support the “Tree Promise” project that will launch a bold tree planting and conservation initiative to help improve, restore and protect local watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies
- Stonewall State Park Foundation ($2,500) to support improvements and upgrades along the wetlands trail including the purchase of signage along the trail, educational signage and materials concerning the wetlands and history of the area, and benches for recreational areas
- West Virginia Military Authority ($6,500) to develop a cattle management program that will eliminate soil erosion, compaction, sediment and nutrient buildup and support the construction of a gravel lane that will limit animal access to the watering areas through exclusion fencing
In 2021, West Virginia American Water awarded eight grants totaling nearly $19,000 to the following organizations:
- City of Montgomery ($2,500) to purchase and install 10 dog waste stations at all city parks and school campuses to support source water protection
- Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation ($2,500) to purchase a state-of-the-art freshwater aquarium with fish native to both the Little and Big Coal Rivers inside the Claudia Workman Wildlife Education Center
- Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council ($2,500) to support Piney Creek Watershed Association with the conversion of Woodrow Wilson High School’s campus into a protected wetland for locals and visitors
- New River Conservancy ($2,500) to purchase water quality monitoring equipment to monitor multiple tributaries on the Lower New River Watershed
- ORSANCO ($1,500) to support the 2021 Ohio River Sweep cleanup event
- Summers County Solid Waste Authority ($2,500) to build a rain garden to prevent runoff and litter from reaching the New River
- Town of Whitesville ($2,500) to support extensive cleanup efforts along the Big Coal River behind the Upper Big Branch Memorial to allow more river access for fishing and float trips
- Delta Waterfowl West Virginia Chapter ($2,500) to support wood duck box building and installation, mallard nest building installation, spraying of invasive plant species by certified individuals, planting of vegetation that are beneficial to waterfowl and trash pickup and removal
Entries in West Virginia must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2023 and should be sent to:
West Virginia American Water
Attn: Bradley Harris, Senior External Affairs Specialist
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302