Signature Program

Building Better Communities


In 2014, the American Water Charitable Foundation announced a contribution of $2.5 million over five years to the National Recreation and Park Association, in support of our Signature Program, Building Better Communities. The grant program enables communities to build nature-inspired play and water-play spaces that highlight the importance of natural resources and water stewardship. During the last 4 years, the Foundation awarded grants to twelve communities:

  • Belleville, IL
  • Brunswick, MO
  • Camarillo, CA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Charleston, WV
  • Camden, NJ
  • Gary, IN
  • Davenport, IA
  • Hopewell, VA
  • Coatseville, PA
  • Peoria, IL
  • Seaside, CA

AWCF Awards $450,000 to 2017 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $290,000 to 2016 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $400,000 to 2015 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $384,000 to 2014 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Announces $2.5M Grant Program with NRPA


As another component of our signature program, in 2015, the American Water Charitable Foundation launched a new partnership with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and awarded a grant of $25,000. The partnership brings together USA’s union members and American Water employees to volunteer their time and skills to improve public access to water-based recreational activities and enhance environmental sustainability. Due to the success of the program and our first three projects in Charleston, WV, Chattanooga, TN, and Peoria, IL, the Foundation awarded an additional $150,000 grant for water-related conservation projects in 2017 and 2018.  With this grant, our employees will participate in four Work Boots on the Ground projects that will benefit American Water communities in Lexington, KY, Alexandria, VA, St. Joseph, MO, and Scranton, PA.