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, Indiana American Water issued four grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations:

  • Schmidt Park Rain Garden & Nature Scape Project: The City of Franklin is partnering with several Johnson County organizations to create a rain garden Nature Scape project at Robert C. Schmidt Park. The project will involve the construction of a demonstration project that promotes the use of rain garden type bio-swales as a method of storing and treating storm water runoff. The project will also include an education component that includes signage and displays at the project site.
  • Wildcat Experience Expansion: Funds from the grant will help expand the Wildcat Experience, an interactive field trip on the Wildcat Creek involving students and water resource professionals, to include all Howard County freshmen high school students. The event has previously been offered only to freshmen taking biology and environmental science classes.
  • Reduce, Rehydrate and Educate Project: The Muncie Sanitary District is partnering with Muncie Central High School and the Buley Community Center to install bottle-filling stations and to develop an educational program that encourages the reduction of disposable plastic water waste, good hydration, and educates youth about local water resource issues.
  • Biotic Water Quality Testing at Mulvey Pond & Bachner Nature Preserve: In order to better understand water quality and introduce watershed stewardship to the local community, NICHES will be conducting macro-invertebrate sampling at Mulvey Pond in West Lafayette and Bachner Nature Preserve located southwest of Crawfordsville, Ind. The testing, which will be done over a period of time, will be used to measure the effects of watershed clean-up and habitat restoration efforts on the native habitat.

Entries in Indiana should be sent to:

Indiana American Water
555 E. County Line Rd., 
Greenwood, IN 46143