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, Illinois American Water issued five grants totaling $15,000 to the following organizations:

  • The Alton Community School District #11’s Rock Spring Park Watershed Restoration Project will receive a $4,000 grant for a bio retention system and rain garden to be constructed in an outdoor classroom area of Rock Spring Park to remediate storm water accumulation and resulting stagnant pools. Middle School students will be involved in the project based learning on the design, construction and maintenance.
  • The City of South Beloit will receive a $3,000 grant for the community’s Nature At the Confluence Stream Team Programing, which will educate and engage residents in clean water and community revitalization.  Programming will include citizen science stream monitoring, rain barrel & container gardening, watershed interpretive signage and more.  
  • Urbana Park District Douglas Creek Restoration Project will receive a $4,000 grant for a project that will restore native plants, trees and shrubs in the wetland and creek channel.  Interpretative signing will be installed to educate Meadowbrook Park’s visitors about the important and impact of local waterways.
  • Peoria Park District’s Illinois River Sweep will receive their full grant request of $1,500 to fund supplies for the annual Illinois River clean-up effort.  Over 100 volunteers are expected to attend the event that removes trash and debris from the river shorelines.
  • The Pekin Park District will receive a $2,500 grant for the Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project.  This project focuses on invasive species control and restoration along the Lick Creek corridor of McNaughton Park.  Volunteers will be trained to remove invasive species along 15 acres of the Lick Creek Corridor.