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 14-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Jessamine, Nicholas, Owen, Rockcastle, 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.

For more information, please see our 2018 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.


The 2018 grant program is now closed. In 2018, Kentucky American Water issued grants to the following organizations:

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, for a project to protect and treat approximately 88 ash trees in the Elk Lick watershed with assistance from state and local partners, including the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, SiteOne Landscape Supply and the University of Kentucky.

The Friends of Stoner Creek, for a project that involves a comprehensive outreach effort to engage Bourbon County citizens of all ages in protecting and preserving Stoner Creek, the source of drinking water supply for Paris and Millersburg, Ky. The effort includes waterway-focused art activities with schoolchildren, a community event highlighting the importance of Stoner Creek, and efforts to educate citizens about proper septic system maintenance. Partners include the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce, Paris-Bourbon County Citizen-Advertiser, Paris Middle School, Bourbon Middle School, St. Mary’s School and Bluegrass Greensource.