American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) are thrilled to announce the 2024 Water and Environment Grant Program.

Important: If your organization historically applied to both American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation environmental grant programs, please note only one environmental-focused grant program will be offered in 2024. The American Water Environmental Grant Program has been discontinued and blended into the Foundation’s Water and Environment Grant Program.

Applications will be accepted in the following states served by American Water, in addition to its Military Service locations: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Grants will be awarded to help fund innovative, community-based projects that:

  • improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies
  • promote water conservation
  • improve equitable access to water-based recreation in underserved communities

To qualify:

  • Applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or K-12 public school, college or university.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant being awarded
  • Projects must be located within and benefit American Water’s service areas

Applications must be received online between February 5 – March 15, 2024. Grant decisions will be announced by April 30. To apply online, please visit or click the image below. Paper applications will not be accepted.

American Water Environmental Grant Program

In 2022, West Virginia American Water awarded five grants totaling $16,340 to the following organizations:

  • Delta Waterfowl West Virginia Chapter ($2,500) to build and install duck boxes, build and install mallard nests, spray for invasive plant species and plant vegetation that support waterfowl, and pickup and remove trash from riverbanks
  • Elk River Trail Foundation ($2,340) to support the “Clean Places” project, which will decrease the amount of litter in and along the Elk River through engaging community members and businesses to be part of cleanup, educating the community on the harmful effects of litter on roadways and waterways, and providing cleanup toolkits
  • Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council ($2,500) to support the “Tree Promise” project that will launch a bold tree planting and conservation initiative to help improve, restore and protect local watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies
  • Stonewall State Park Foundation ($2,500) to support improvements and upgrades along the wetlands trail including the purchase of signage along the trail, educational signage and materials concerning the wetlands and history of the area, and benches for recreational areas
  • West Virginia Military Authority ($6,500) to develop a cattle management program that will eliminate soil erosion, compaction, sediment and nutrient buildup and support the construction of a gravel lane that will limit animal access to the watering areas through exclusion fencing