Environmental Grant Program 

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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. The 2020 grant application will be available in February 2020.

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.

In 2019, Virginia American Water issued four grants totaling $7,500 to the following organizations:

James River Association received $4,000 to introduce and implement meaningful watershed environmental experiences with Hopewell City Public Schools students. The environmental grant provides outdoor environmental experiences at the James River Ecology School.

The James River Ecology School, located at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in Chesterfield, includes an outdoor classroom in which students connect with nature and study real-world applications of science and conservation.

Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation received $1,500 for its Nature Explorers and Restorers program. The grant provides equipment needed to accommodate school and after-school groups participating in nature exploration and stewardship at lower Four Mile Run. 

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River received $1,200 to plant native trees on the Appomattox River bank. The native trees will help stabilize the river bank along the newly completed Hopewell Riverwalk section of the Appomattox River Trail. The native species will help to reduce erosion and improve water quality.

Friends of the Occoquan received $800 for the organization’s community gardens and watershed workshops. FOTO regularly donates rain barrels and community gardens to schools and churches, and the organization hosts Occoquan River cleanups in spring and fall.