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 2018 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.


In 2017, Indiana American Water issued four grants totaling $14,000 to the following organizations:

  • Chances & Services for Youth—Awarded $2,500 Booker T. Washington Park Splash Pad & Garden—Chances and Services for Youth is collaborating with several organizations to install a splash pad at Booker T. Washington Park in Terre Haute, Ind. that includes a gray water component and several other conservation features. The project includes a 1,200-gallon holding tank for collection of the gray water, which will be used to irrigate a community garden located next to the splash pad. The park is used by neighborhood children and their families, many of whom live within walking distance.
  • City of Kokomo—Awarded $5,000 Washington Street Stream Bank Modification Project—The City of Kokomo is partnering with several local organizations to remove concrete debris, fill material and several storage buildings along the Wildcat Creek at Washington Street near the site of a senior living facility that is under construction. The project will not only provide additional floodway storage during rain events, but will also enhance access to the creek for recreational activities and reduce contamination and pollution into the stream. Funds from this grant will be used to help control erosion and revegetate the stream bank with native plants. 
  • Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND)—Awarded $3,000 Spicewood Gardens Retention Pond Improvements—Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) is working with several partner organizations to address water quality and water circulation problems with a retention pond at Spicewood Gardens, an affordable apartment community for senior citizens in Sheridan, Ind. The project will include reconstructing the pond to make it deeper, providing aeration, and adding sidewalks, benches, a pergola, and an observation pad. HAND will coordinate water quality monitoring after the project is completed. The project will reduce pollution and algae problems, enhance plant and aquatic species, reduce the mosquito population, and provide recreational opportunities for local residents. 
  • City of Gary, Ind.—Awarded $3,500 Tree Planting & Maintenance/Education Project—The City of Gary, Ind. Department of Environmental Affairs is coordinating with several organizations to plant approximately 100 trees within the Little Calumet River watershed. The project also includes retrofitting a trailer to water the trees, and conducting a public education and outreach program on the environmental and quality of life benefits that trees provide and how to properly plant and maintain them. 

Entries in Indiana should be sent to:

Indiana American Water

ATTN: Joe Loughmiller  

153 N. Emerson Ave.

Greenwood, IN 46143