Illinois American Water announced the application process is open for its 2016 Environmental Grant Program.
The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds through partnerships.
The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts.
“Illinois American Water is committed to protecting water supplies through outreach and education,” Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk said. “This program is another way to help communities in this effort.”
To qualify, proposed projects must be located in an Illinois American Water service area and:
· Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community
· Be completed between May 1 and Nov. 30.
· 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
In 2015, Illinois American Water issued six grants totaling $23,515 to the following organizations. Locally, the Stream Discovery Released in the East program received a $5,000 grant. The program, administered by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in Alton, provides teachers with tools to engage and educate students about aquatic resources. Students participate in hands-on stream monitoring and research. The program was expanded to include classrooms in the Champaign and Lincoln areas.
Grant information and application forms can be found at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, IL 61615; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferred.
More information can be found at www.amwater.com.