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 2009, 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:
- Be located within New Jersey American Water’s service area;
- Address a source water or watershed protection in the community;
- Be completed between May 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018;
- Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program;
- Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations;
- Provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the grant monies are utilized);
- Salaries and compensation for support of a project or program are ineligible for the grant.
For more information, please see our 2018 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.
2018 Environmental Grant Recipients
In 2018, New Jersey American Water issued four grants totaling more than $37,500 to the following organizations:
- The Borough of Fanwood was awarded $7,500 to implement the Fanwood Nature Center Streamside Restoration and Watershed Education Project at the Fanwood Nature Center. In partnership with the Fanwood Environmental Commission, the project centers on the replanting and restoration of the banks of Robinson’s Branch (a tributary of the Rahway River) to help mitigate downstream flood risk and naturally diffuse water contaminants. Educational public events will be held in partnership with the Rahway River Watershed Association and local towns to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.
- Camden SMART Initiative was awarded $10,000 to support its Business Engagement for Green Infrastructure Systems Maintenance project, which will assist with the management and diversion of stormwater runoff from the City of Camden’s combined sewer system into constructed green infrastructure projects to ensure that raw sewage is not ejected from the city’s combined sewer systems into parks, streets, homes and surrounding waterways. In partnership with the City of Camden, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the Camden County Municipal Authority, New Jersey Tree Foundation and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, Camden SMART will maintain eight existing green infrastructure sites; engage and educate 400 private employees working in Camden on local stormwater management issues; engage residents in maintenance day opportunities; and cultivate a sustainable network of local businesses to assist with rain garden maintenance on an annual basis.
- New Jersey Tree Foundation was awarded $10,000 to implement the Trees for Irvington project – a watershed protection project in which the Foundation’s Renaissance Tree Program works cooperatively alongside the Irvington Department of Public Works in order to plant at least 30 new 2-2.5” caliper trees in the town. Each tree and corresponding tree pit is anticipated to intercept approximately 13,650 gallons of stormwater within the first year of planting in efforts to further improve the Elizabeth Watershed.
- Raritan High School was awarded $10,000 to support the creation of an Outdoor Environmental Learning Lab for students. In partnership with the Hazlet Environmental Commission, the project will transform existing underutilized courtyards at the school into a unique outdoor lab. The learning lab will then be utilized by teachers to educate students about sustainable practices in the school’s environmental science and biology courses.
To see previous grant recipients:
Entries for New Jersey should be mailed to:
New Jersey American Water
P.O. Box 102
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Attn: Environmental Grant Program
List of towns and map of New Jersey American Water Service areas.