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.

In 2017, New Jersey American Water issued four grants totaling more than $29,000 to the following organizations:


  • Bridgewater Township Environmental Commission has been awarded $6,500 to install a demonstrative native plant garden with bee-friendly habitat and bee-friendly water bath at the Bridgewater Library. This project will provide continuous education to the citizens of the Bridgewater Community as well as the residents of Somerset County.
  • Stockton University American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been awarded $10,000 to enhance a summer camp course, "Our Water" located at New Jersey's only TechTrek Camp. The summer camp is for 60 girls nominated as the top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in their middle schools. This program will immerse these students in weeklong hands-on environmental science curriculum, featuring take-home watershed protection projects that each girl can bring back to her home watershed management area.
  • South Orange Township has been awarded $10,000 to build a Rain Park based on the premise of a rain garden that will capture stormwater runoff that normally flows directly into the East Branch of the Rahway River. Rain parks use native plants, infiltration, and innovative design to reduce large amounts of rainwater, create play spaces for kids, relaxing destinations for friends, and examples of sustainability.
  • Manasquan Board Riders Club has been awarded $2,500 to establish a year round project aimed at enhancing environmental awareness and stewardship on keeping beaches, parks, coastal waterways and estuaries litter free, titled "Leave Only Your Footprints."

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.