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 an American Water service area
- Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
- Be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.
For more information, please see our 2020 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.
In 2019, Tennessee American Water issued four grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations
Spring & South Chick Creeks Clean Up focused on watershed protection & bank stabilization
Chattanooga, Tenn. (July 8, 2019) – Supporting local organizations who address a watershed or source water protection need, Tennessee American Water has awarded the City of East Ridge an environmental grant. The project consists of removal of debris from the Spring and South Chickamauga Creeks and bank stabilization to prevent erosion.
“We are pleased to support the City of East Ridge in bringing the community together to protect our creeks,” said Tennessee American Water President Darlene Williams. “One of our key values is environmental leadership, and our environmental focus includes assisting residents and organizations involved in caring for natural resources. We believe all of us play a part in protecting our most precious resource of water.”
Since 2012, Tennessee American Water has offered the environmental grant program
to support organizations and municipalities watershed initiatives. In 2019, Tennessee American Water has awarded a total of $10,000 through its environmental grant program for five projects, including the City of East Ridge.
Other 2019 recipients are:
- Lookout Mountain Conservancy - Through a unique internship program with The Howard School, 9th grade Environmental Science class uses LMC's property as an outdoor classroom for making learning real and active. Students work on projects at the Conservancy that contributes to watershed protection. The students also participate in Howard School’s Leadership & Intern Program.
- Waterways - will launch Stream Team at Red Bank Middle School and provide environmental engineering training at Red Bank High School as students design and implement stream restoration techniques learned from experts.
- Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute - will support 20 zones and over 800 volunteers from Bradley, Hamilton, Marion counties working together to clean the banks of the Tennessee River during the annual Tennessee River Rescue.
- Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga - will hold a two-day watershed clean up to remove 2,000 pounds of trash. At least 30 youths will engage in environmental education related to pollution, clean water and local wildlife.
In 2017, Tennessee American Water issued three grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations
- Lookout Mountain Conservancy - ongoing water quality & leadership program with The Howard School
- Hamilton County Coalition - educating the community on proper medication disposal through Drug Take Back community events and youth involvement
- TennesSEA (Student Environmental Alliance) - establishment of a Mountain Creek/Stringers Branch watershed alliance for community engagement and citizen water quality monitoring/cleanup
Entries for Tennessee should be sent to by March 29, 2019:
Tennessee American Water
109 Wiehl Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403