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.

Applications should be emailed to karen.cotton@amwater.com by March 29, 2019.

Illinois American Water awarded the 2018 Environmental Grants as follows:

  • Foundation for Ohio River Education received a $1,000 grant to fund the Ohio River Sweep. The funds supply gloves and other materials to volunteers cleaning up the Ohio River.
  • Bolingbrook Park District received a $4,000 grant for the DuPage River Ecological Improvements which focuses on removing invasive species from along the DuPage River and restoring the natural landscape. The project will reduce the occurrence of invasive species to less than 10% in the area. In addition, native planting will restore the natural landscape.
  • Lincoln College received a $3,645 grant to increase watershed awareness, specifically stream-bank erosion along Sugar Creek. The funding will be used to install a boardwalk to make the area handicap accessible.
  • Nature at the Confluence, Inc. in South Beloit received a $3,000 grant for the Kelly Creek Clean-Up. The project will engage community volunteers to clean up Kelly Creek, a major water asset on the Nature At The Confluence, Inc. property. Stream monitoring and water quality testing before and after the clean-up with measure results to educate about the impact of watershed clean ups.
  • Pekin Park District received a $2,000 grant for the continued Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project to eliminate invasive species along the Lick Creek corridor. Funds will be used to restore native plants to improve forest quality and help to control creek-side erosion.
  • Peoria Park District received two grants for two different projects. A $730 grant will support the Heal the Hill Prairie at Forest Park Nature Center. Volunteers will remove invasive species and restore the bluffs, decreasing erosion and sedimentation of the river. An $875 grant will support the Illinois River Sweep. Funds will help supply gloves, trash bags, dumpsters and tire recycling.
  • Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum received a $2,000 grant for the Journey to Sea project. The project is a collaboration between the Peoria PlayHouse, Bradley University and The Sun Foundation. Together they will create a PlayHouse art exhibit to illustrate the devastating impact of plastic pollution on water.
  • Senior Services Plus, Inc. in Godfrey received a $3,500 grant to construct a detention/infiltration bioswale and rain garden. This project is an extension of their initiative to grow their own food to feed local senior citizens.
  • Woodridge School District #68 received a $2,000 grant for their permeable paver parking lot at Meadowview Elementary School. The project will decrease storm water runoff.

In 2017, Illinois American Water issued seven grants totaling $20,300 as follows:

  • Foundation for Ohio River Education received a $2,500 grant for Ohio River Sweep supplies.
  • Gifts In The Moment Foundation in Peoria received a $7,250 grant for the Urban Agriculture Rain Water Collection and Transportation System project, which uses collected rain and a portable water trailer to water community garden and agriculture sites.
  • Heartlands Conservancy received a $2,800 grant for the Signal Hills outdoor classroom to support water quality and native habitat education.
  • Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group in the Chicago Metro area received a $4,200 grant for the Hickory Creek Environmental Interpretive Signs and Story Mapping project.  The project raises awareness about best management practices within the Hickory Creek watershed. Three rain gardens were installed.
  • Pekin Park District received a $2,000 grant for the Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control project.
  • Peoria Park District received a $550 grant to supply dumpsters and tire recycling for the Illinois River Sweep.
  • Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum received a $1,000 grant to support five water camp scholarships.

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.