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.  

Recipients of Iowa American Water’s 2017 Environmental Grant Awards are as follows:

  • City of Davenport Parks & Recreation Department will be awarded $2,500 for its Water Quality Improvement Project in VanderVeer Botanical Park’s Lagoon. The project will decrease the level of nitrates, nitrites and phosphates with the installation of BioHaven floating islands.
  • Scott Community College Environmental Club will be awarded $2,000 for its Crow Creek Watershed Protection and Biodiversity Project. The project will restore 6 acres of tallgrass prairie in the Crow Creek drainage basin. Erosion and runoff to the creek will be reduced resulting in better water quality. Biodiversity will be increased on the site as native species of grasses and forbs will be restored
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center will be awarded $1,875 for its Sedge Meadow Restoration and Enhancement project, Phase II. Nahant Marsh staff and volunteers will expand prairie and sedge meadow restoration efforts to include an additional 8 acres for a total of 15.5 acres. Success will be measured by reducing invasive species and increasing native plants and animals.
  • River Action, Inc. will be awarded a $1,200 grant for its Retain the Rain Interactive Display project. The project will update an interactive Retain the Rain kiosk to include bio-reactors and floating wetland islands, increase kiosk visibility and usership. Kiosk will be upgraded from 250 lb. unit to a light 55 pound unit with a touchscreen display.
  • Prince of Peace Catholic School A.P. Environment Class in Clinton will be awarded $850 for its Watershed Restoration Project. Students have begun a labor-intensive restoration of a small marsh, invaded by Phragmites reeds. Over the next decade, the class will continue removing this invasive plant and publicize progress in restoring the watershed and encouraging other landowners' restoration efforts.

Entries in IA should be sent to:

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