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 Kentucky American Water's 12-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas Owen, Scott and Woodford counties)
  • Address a source water or watershed protection need
  • Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
  • Establish a new or innovative program or a significant expansion to an existing program
  • Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership of at least two organizations; and provide evidence of sustainability.

Hard copy applications should be mailed to:
Susan Lancho
Kentucky American Water
2300 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY 40502

For more information about the program, contact Susan Lancho at susan.lancho@amwater.com or please see our 2017 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.  

The 2017 grant program is now closed. In 2017, Kentucky American Water issued grants to the following organizations:

“Water Quality Improvements through Waste Tire Collection and Removal,” coordinated by the City of Winchester in partnership with the Clark County Solid Waste Department, the Clark County Jail and the citizens of Winchester.  The project will involve a coordinated effort to educate citizens about the potential threat to water quality and human health that stockpiling old tires creates, and assist in the removal of the equivalent of 1,000 passenger waste tires over a two-month period.  

“Riparian Vegetation Showcase on Wolf Run: Community Garden,” coordinated by the Friends of Parks of Fayette County in partnership with the Friends of Wolf Run, Fayette County Public Schools, Bluegrass Woodland Restoration Center and Good Foods Co-Op.  The project will involve extending a vegetative buffer along a branch of Wolf Run Creek on formerly residential property acquired by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  The riparian greenway established will include a community garden that will serve as a teaching garden, as well, for nearby high school students and others.  The project also involves projects to remove invasive species, weeds and trash.

“Data Driven Clean Water,” coordinated by the Licking River Watershed Watch in partnership with Strodes Creek Conservancy, the City of Millersburg, Bourbon County Planning Office, Millersburg Garden Club, Green Thumb Club, J. Sweitzer Canoe and 3M Company. The project involves engaging volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring of creeks and streams in multiple counties in the Licking River watershed as well as complete a rain garden project and creek and stream cleanups in the area, engaging multiple organizations and citizens.  

“Innovative Conservation Easement Tracking and Reporting Project,” coordinated by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with landowners along the Kentucky River, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and more.  The project involves purchasing equipment to assist in the tracking and reporting of conservation easements while providing additional support for the Fire Management Program in the same areas.