AW Environmental Grant Program

American Water Works Company, Inc.

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Anticipated deadline: Mar 31, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado Show all

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Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. Because of the role we play in delivering a precious natural resource that is so vital to life, we understand the importance of protecting our nation’s rivers and watersheds.

Surface water (rivers, lakes and streams) is the source of 60 percent of our nation’s drinking water, with the remainder supplied by groundwater sources. Our rivers and groundwater support public health and economic development, and also help to sustain the environment and wildlife. For example, our wetlands provide a valuable habitat for wildlife, naturally cleanse and filter water, and help reduce flooding.

Every individual and community has the ability to positively impact our source water and watersheds, and opportunities exist to improve, restore and protect these valuable natural resources. American Water’s Environmental Grant Program will help to improve the sustainability of our water resources.

MAW 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. 

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. 

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) 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
    • 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) 


  • Projects that do not qualify:
    • 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.