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.  

In 2016, Kentucky American Water issued three grants totaling over $11,000 to the following organizations:

  • Data Driven Clean Water, coordinated by the Licking River Watershed Watch in partnership with Friends of Stoner Creek, Strodes Creek Conservancy, Kentucky Division of Water, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and Fouser Environmental will receive $3,500 for a project that will involve monitoring water quality for E. coli and nutrients in the Licking River Watershed.
  • Riparian vegetation showcase on Wolf Run at Clays Mill Road, coordinated by Friends of Parks in Fayette County, in partnership with Friends of Wolf Run, Bluegrass Woodland Restoration Center, Fayette County Public Schools and Good Foods Co-op will receive a $5,000 grant. The project will involve removing alien weeds and planting native species in former residential lots that have been acquired by the city of Lexington using FEMA funds, and now converted to riparian greenways after the removal of all structures.  
  • Bourbon County Tire Removal and Tree Planting, coordinated by Friends of Stoner Creek in partnership with Bourbon County Road Department, Bourbon County Boy Scouts, Bourbon County Extension Agency, Future Farmers of America – Bourbon County, and 4-H Bourbon County, will continue efforts to remove tires from Stoner Creek and its tributaries and plant trees along the same, in order to improve water quality. Stoner Creek is the source of water for the City of Paris and Millersburg. The grant award is $2,800.