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 2018, Indiana American Water issued four grants totaling nearly $13,000 to the following organizations:

  1. City of Terre Haute—Awarded $5,000  Stormwater Community Watch Program—The City of Terre Haute is partnering with Team Storm, a local group of children involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League, a not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Team Storm met with local professionals, engineers, and regulators to research and develop the project, which will involve marking curb inlets with QR codes, making it easier to report illicit discharges and illegal dumping. The project will help enhance the City’s response time and reduce or prevent pollutants from entering local waterways in the Wabash River, Thompson Ditch and Lost Creek watersheds. 
  2. Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality—Awarded $4,000  Expansion of the Wonders on the Wabash Resource Program—The Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality will use proceeds from this grant to purchase an enclosed mobile trailer for equipment used as a part of numerous hands-on field learning experiences and activities on the Wabash River. The TCPWQ programs educate both youth and adults on the impact they have on waters and watersheds as a part of their efforts to conserve and protect the area’s most valuable water resource.
     
  3. Floyd County Farm Bureau—Awarded $3,200  My Little Farm Water Station Project—Floyd County Farm Bureau will use grant funds to develop a water station as part of the My Little Farm interactive exhibit at the Floyd County 4-H Fair during the first week of June each year. The exhibit uses hands-on experiences to teach the public about a variety of farm issues. The water station will educate the public on how to keep our streams and waterways clean, avoid pollution in storm water runoff, and how to safely recycle materials and substances that might otherwise end up in storm runoff. Several thousand attendees are expected to take advantage of the exhibit during 2018.
     
  4. Shelbyville High School Earth Club – Awarded $450  Tree Planting & Maintenance Project—The Shelbyville High School Earth Club under the direction of teacher Chris Lux is using its funds to engage more than six dozen high school students in a project that provides native trees to local residents. The project will also allow students to prune, mulch and plant trees in the organization’s nursery and maintain those planted throughout the watershed from previous years. In the past, trees were often planted just to beautify cities and towns, however, more recent research has shown that trees also have a significant positive impact on the environment, including storm water runoff, air quality and energy conservation. 

 

Entries in Indiana should be sent to:

Indiana American Water

ATTN: Joe Loughmiller  

153 N. Emerson Ave.

Greenwood, IN 46143