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

In 2019, Iowa American Water awarded grant funds totaling $10,900 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. Recipients of Iowa American Water’s 2019 Environmental Grant Awards are as follows:

  • River Action, Inc. will be awarded a $3,500 grant for its QC Flood Resiliency Alliance project. Stakeholders in the Upper Mississippi River watershed formed a new flood alliance let by River Action and the US Army Corps of Engineers. This alliance will educate the public, identify and help to mitigate flood hazard areas and help create policies to improve CRS ratings.
  • Davenport West High School INSPIRE Engineering Capstone will be awarded $2,500 for its INSPIRE Engineering: Water Education project. The Water Education project is focused on engaging and educating the QC community on the privilege of having access to portable water. Our community members will be trained to become clean water advocates for communities around the world by learning about the water life cycle of their community versus communities with blighted access to water. In 2019-2021, the educational materials and strategies developed within our community will be implemented in communities in Kenya for water education.
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful will be awarded $2,000 for its Xstream Clean-Up 15 Year Anniversary Resupply project. Xstream Cleanup is seeking funds to restock watershed cleanup supplies, specifically the litter tongs used by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. Funding this project will allow XC to continuing providing the tools these volunteers need to be effective in cleaning up local area watersheds.
  • Scott County Conservation Board will be awarded $1,700 for its West Lake Park Watershed Protection and Education Demonstration Bio-Swale Project. West Lake Park will begin a complete drainage and restoration of the four lakes in the park. The first phase involves the construction of four watershed protection ponds and one educational bio-swale. The demonstration bio-swale will be located in the area of the beach and boat rental area where hundreds of thousands of people will see the bioswale and the educational signage on this environmentally-friendly project.
  • Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be awarded $1,200 for its In-Stream Bioremediation Filters project. This project will utilize recycled plastic bio-matrix material to be installed in-stream to reduce nutrients and bacteria, improve biological indicators and stream morphology. Before and after assessments of the stream’s geomorphology and water quality parameters (for nutrients, bacteria and biological indicators) will be conducted to determine and track improvements over time.

Entries in IA should be sent to:

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