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 2019 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form

Recipients of Iowa American Water’s 2018 Environmental Grant Awards are as follows:

  • River Action, Inc. was awarded a $2,800 grant for its Urban Revitalization project. River Action and proud partners constructed the alleyway found between Federal and Tremont Streets into a permeable alley to address nutrient runoff and urban flooding. As the first of its kind in Davenport, the project will serve as a demonstration model for similar installations in the future to educate the community on the importance of best management practices.
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center was awarded $2,000 for its Clean Up and Bio Blitz program. Nahant Marsh hosted a Bio Blitz and three clean ups on a new 40-acre parcel. During the Bio Blitz, all species found were documented and at least 250 people were educated. Volunteers also helped up clean up at least 500 tires and other items discarded into the wetland.
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful/Xstream Clean-Up was awarded $1,700 for its Xstream Water Sampling Team project. Beginning in spring 2018, the Xstream Water Sampling Team set up to conduct water quality testing three times per year at 48 (or more) sites after the State of Iowa was unable to continue funding for the IOWATER program. The goal is to continue to obtain representative water quality data from area waterways and present this data in a meaningful format for communities, citizens and stakeholders, so that it can be used to improve service water quality which will in turn improve the quality of drinking water, increase viability for fish and other aquatic habitats and decrease flooding.
  • Clinton Substance Abuse Council/Gateway ImpACT Coalition was awarded $1,500 for its Clinton County Safe Medication Disposal Project. The effort seeks to raise awareness of the environmental and public health effects of improper medication storage and disposal in Clinton County through a youth led social marketing campaign and youth leadership training. The goal is to increase knowledge of and participation in the Medication Drop Box Program with non-senior citizens.

Entries in IA should be sent to:

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