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.

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 2018, Virginia American Water issued four grants totaling $7,500 to the following organizations:

James River Association received $4,500 to introduce and implement meaningful watershed environmental experiences in the Hopewell City Public Schools and New Kent County Public Schools. The environmental grant will help provide scholarships for students in the aforementioned school districts to attend 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.

Friends of the Rappahannock received $1,500 to help expand its Rappahannock River Oyster Reef Restoration Program. This community-based habitat restoration program provides hands-on learning opportunities for local students and volunteers to restore oyster reefs and improve water quality in the Rappahannock River, an important tributary of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) received $1,500 for the organization’s community gardens and watershed workshops. FOTO regularly donates rain barrels and community gardens to schools and churches, and this year, the organization will sponsor an Eagle Scout garden program. In addition to these programs, FOTO will also use the grant for its Occoquan River cleanups.