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 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.

For more information, please see our 2017 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.  

In 2016, Iowa American Water issued four grants totaling more than $8,000 to the following organizations:

  • City of Bettendorf will be awarded $4,000 for its Hopewell Storm Water Pond Water Quality Improvement Program. Water samples will be collected from the stream entering from the watershed and at the overflow structure. Samples will be tested for nitrate levels with the goal of significant reduction as water passes through the pond and continues through the watershed. Nitrate concentration is expected to decrease by 75 percent or more.
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center will be awarded $2,000 for its Sedge Meadow Restoration and Enhancement project. Nahant Marsh staff and volunteers will survey 7.5 acres of Sedge Meadows. A variety of methods will be used to reduce invasive species cover, and native plants will be re-introduced. Volunteers will assist in monitoring and managing the site.
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful will be awarded $1,700 for its Xstream Cleanup 2016. Xstream Cleanup (XC) is an annual Quad-City wide cleanup of the Mississippi River. This year XC will grow larger thanks to a new format that includes more cleanups scheduled throughout the year. Since 2004, XC volunteers have removed nearly 1 million pounds of debris from area waterways and provided more than 44,000 hours of volunteer labor.
  • Clinton High School Chemistry Department will be awarded a $500 grant for its “Investigating Dangerous Chemicals in our Watershed” project. Students in a Clinton High School chemistry class have taken a keen interest in testing for the chemicals in the local watershed that could potentially contaminate their drinking water. The grant will help purchase supplies necessary for student monitoring and testing.

Entries in IA should be sent to:

Lisa M. Reisen, PHR
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA  52807