American Water 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. For more information, please see our 2023 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.

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.


The 2022 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant recipients are as follows:

James River Association received funding to help Hopewell City Schools incorporate environmental literacy into curriculum that aligns with the 4th grade Virginia SOLs for watersheds and ecosystems and provide approximately 260 students and 16 teachers with hands-on educational lessons and outdoor hands-on field experiences to the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.

Four Mile Run Conservatory received funding for the expansion of their kayak clean-up program to allow for 15 scheduled public kayak clean-ups in 2022 and flatwater safety rescue training for 5 volunteer clean-up leaders for support of the program, and program coordinator.