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Environmental Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Environmental Projects in Eligible States

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Water

Deadline Date:

03/31/21 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools for environmental stewardship projects in eligible states. Applicants must be located within the funding source's service area within Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Proposals are requested for new initiatives as well as expansions of existing programs.

American Water’s environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships.

Project activities and outcomes should address a watershed or source water protection need in the local community within American Water service areas. Source water protection projects are activities that result in the protection or improvement of the community’s public drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore or protect one or more watersheds.

Examples of Activities:

  • Watershed Cleanup
  • Reforestation Efforts
  • Biodiversity Projects (habitat restoration, wildlife protection)
  • Streamside Buffer Restoration Projects
  • Wellhead Protection Initiatives
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Efforts
  • Surface or Groundwater Protection Education (i.e., designing and providing workshops for citizens and local officials)

Project must:

  • Be completed between May 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021
  • Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as 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 (continue existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized)
  • Be located within an American Water service area. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179602

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amount: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Applications are for projects spanning time period May 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, and other organizations in the American Water service area are eligible, including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Projects that do not qualify: Pipeline or main extension projects, land or major equipment acquisition, entertainment, food/beverages, lobbying (attempting to influence local, state or national legislation), interest payments or personal articles, such as clothing. Grant money cannot be used for salaries, wages or personal compensation.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. To apply for a grant, please visit the state website page associated with the state hosting the program. See the URL for Full Text link below for links to application instructions for each state.

- March 31: Application deadline.
- April 30: Applications will be judged/evaluated by local state subsidiaries, and all applicants will be notified.
- December 15: Grant recipient’s report on project results due to American Water.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

State coordinators:

American Water
1 Water St
Camden, NJ 08102

Grant Coverage Areas:

American Water service area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kentucky;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   Pennsylvania;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   West Virginia

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