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Environmental Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for
Watershed or Water Source Conservation in Eligible States

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Water

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofits, municipalities, schools, and other organizations for watershed or water source conservation projects within the Funding Source's service area. Projects should be collaborative. Applicants from the following states are eligible: Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Project activities and outcomes should address a watershed or source water protection need in the local community within American Water service areas. Source water protection projects are activities that result in the protection or improvement of the community’s public drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore, or protect one or more watersheds.

Projects must:

- Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program
- Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations
- Provide evidence of sustainability (continue existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized)

Examples of activities:

- Watershed Cleanup
- Reforestation Efforts
- Biodiversity Projects (habitat restoration, wildlife protection)
- Streamside Buffer Restoration Projects
- Wellhead Protection Initiatives
- Hazardous Waste Collection Efforts
- Surface or Groundwater Protection Education (i.e., designing and providing workshops for citizens and local officials)

Grant Selection Criteria:

- Clarity of project goals and projected impact.
- Innovation and strength of project design.
- Nature and strength of collaboration with other community and/or municipal organizations.
- Likelihood of project’s sustainability after the American Water funding ends.
- Evidence of community engagement.
- Plan for assessing the project’s impact and capacity to measure project outcomes.
- Assessment of budget as reasonable and cost-efficient.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179602

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed between May 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, and other organizations in the American Water service area are eligible, including Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Pipeline or main extension projects, land or major equipment acquisition, entertainment, food/beverages, lobbying (attempting to influence local, state or national legislation), interest payments or personal articles, such as clothing. Grant money cannot be used for salaries, wages or personal compensation.

Pre-Application Information:

- March 29, 2019: Application deadline (Applications will be judged by local state subsidiaries)
- April 26, 2019: Projects will be evaluated selected and all applicants will be notified.

How to Apply:
Proposals should be postmarked by Monday, March 29, 2019 and mailed or emailed to your local coordinator referenced in the cover letter accompanying the brochure.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to your local coordinator.

Contact the relevant representative in your state:

American Water
1 Water St
Camden, NJ 08102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kentucky;   Maryland;   Michigan;   Missouri;   New Jersey;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Tennessee;   Virginia