Supporting community involvement for projects that help directly impact or drive awareness for water issues is an integral role for the water industry to take part in. Our Environmental Grant Program has funded many initiatives in the past, and we are once again accepting applicants for 2014. The program provides funding for projects that cater to water cleanup and protection throughout various communities. Not only do the funded programs seek to improve the water supply of the communities, but they are also educating and informing of any number of water related issues on a local level.
The Environmental Grant Program provides up to $10,000 worth of funding for each project selected, and last year, awarded over $200,000 dollars to 55 deserving groups in 12 states. The funded programs are encouraged to have a goal that will create a long term impact on the environment, and create relationships between communities and organizations by enabling them to work towards a common goal.
The deadline for this year’s Environmental Grant Program is March 31, 2014, and we are thrilled to view this year’s applications and project ideas. Source water protection projects are activities that result in the protection or improvement of the community’s drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore, or protect one or more watersheds.
Examples of activities include:
- Biodiversity Projects (habitat restoration, wildlife protection)
- Reforestation Efforts
- Hazardous Waste Collection Efforts
- Streamside Buffer Restoration Projects
- Watershed Cleanup
- Surface or Groundwater Protection Education (i.e., designing and providing workshops for citizens and local officials)
- Wellhead Protection Initiatives
To be considered for the Environmental Grant funding, a project must be located within an American Water service area, be completed between May and November of the grant-funding year, and be a new or innovative community program or significantly expand on an existing program.
The waterways that provide water to the communities we live in are beneficial to every individual. Everyone has the ability to restore and preserve the environment, and we are proud to offer our Environmental Grant Program to help.